Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Walter Mack Clark, slain in the 700 block of 21st Street NE, DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 700 block of 21st Street NE, Washington DC, on Friday, February 17, 2017. At approximately 12:53 pm, officers responded to the listed location for an ‘Investigate the Trouble’ call. Upon arrival, members located an adult male inside of a residence. The male was unconscious and appeared to have sustained trauma to his body. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the body and the manner of death to be Homicide. The decedent has been identified as Walter Mack Clark, 63, of Southeast, DC. On Friday, February 17, 2017, detectives from the Homicide Branch arrested Thomasine Bennett, 67, of Northeast, DC. She was charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

"When things go wrong, go wrong with you, it hurts me too." The blues...a deep well.

Police tape near the site of the slaying of Nathan Slye Jr. | 3000 block of Great Oak Drive, District Heights, MD

From a Prince Georges County Police report: The Homicide Unit arrested a suspect in connection with a recent homicide in District Heights. The suspect is Sedrick Stokes, 27, of Temple Hills. He’s charged with the fatal shooting of Nathan Slye Jr., 46, of Suitland. On March 3, 2017, at about 12:25 pm, officers were called to the 3000 block of Great Oak Drive, District Heights, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. Officers found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. Preliminarily, detectives believe the motive is robbery. The suspect and victim were acquaintances. Stokes is charged with first and second degree murder.

This material was about a block away from the site indicated on the police report.

Peace to Mr. Slye.


Crime tape and sneakers for Maurice Nathaniel Jackson. 1900 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1900 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE, Washington DC, on Friday, March 24, 2017. At approximately 12:30 am, officers from the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Maurice Nathaniel Jackson, 32, of Southeast, DC.

Rest in peace.



RIP Eric Linnair Wright. 900 block of 12th Street NE, DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in a fatal shooting that occurred on Friday, February 17, 2017, in the 900 block of 12th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:21 pm, members of the First District responded to the location for the report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Eric Linnair Wright, 53, to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.



Delonta Alexander. Shirt memorial in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, DC.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, Washington DC, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. At approximately 1:11 am, officers responded to the listed location for a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Delonta Alexander, 34, to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

This memorial is adjacent to the one for Adam Edwin Barker, slain in the same block one year ago.

Peace and justice to all in this neighborhood.

Thanks to Moises Gomez for his help.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shrine to Wilson Agbebaku | 200 block of 51st Street NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 200 block of 51st Street NE, Washington DC, on Sunday, January 29, 2017. At approximately 7:30 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Wilson Agbebaku, 34, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, was transported to a local hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

Sad.

Thank you to Moises Gomez for his help documenting this memorial.













Memorial to Vivian "Ms. Viv" Marrow | 2400 block of Elvans Road SE DC

This memorial to the life of Vivian "Ms. Viv" Marrow is at the entrance of the apartment complex she lived in, in Southeast Washington DC. May her memory be a blessing.

From an NBC-TV news report: A 68-year-old woman sitting in a wheelchair died Monday after she was caught in gunfire in her southeast DC neighborhood, witnesses and DC police said. Vivian Marrow was shot about 10:20 a.m. January 16, 2017 in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, Washington DC, near Suitland Parkway, as she made her daily trip to a neighborhood market. The mother of three and grandmother of 11 was rushed to a hospital, where she died. Police initially believed Marrow was caught in crossfire during a gun battle, but interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said they now believe there was one shooter. "A grown man apparently had some kind of beef or dispute with someone else felt it was appropriate to fire multiple shots in this neighborhood." Friends and family wept along the street following Marrow's death. "It's really messed up," her son William Marrow said. "I don't know, really, a loss for words, because my mom was a wonderful lady... and she looked out for all my family and cousins." "It hurts us because this is our aunt, this is our last aunt, and we don't have nobody now that we can go to," her niece Adrienne Nelson said. "It hurts everybody in the family." The victim's son spoke about ongoing violence in the neighborhood. “I don't get how the young boys get involved in this war, or whatever they call it, and kill somebody innocent like her," William Marrow said. Witnesses said they heard at least a dozen shots. A man in his 20's also was shot. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. His role in the shooting is unclear. Police initially said they were seeking a black man who was armed with a gun and had been wearing a silver jacket, black sunglasses and a black face mask. No one has been arrested.

Marrow often used an electric wheelchair to get around her longtime neighborhood after she was hit by a car in the 1980s. She was a fixture in the neighborhood, especially among children. "She gave out candy to the kids, soda to the kids, ice cream to the kids," Nelson said. "She was a good person. Anything she had, she'd give it to the kids." DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a statement "There is no excuse for this type of violence... Because someone engaged in reckless gunfire in broad daylight while others were outside trying to live their lives, we now have another family dealing with tragedy and another community rattled by the loss of a beloved neighbor." ANC Commissioner Mikelle Bassett called for action. "We all need to come together to make something happen because this is unacceptable... This is an ongoing situation that needs to be stopped."Newsham said at the crime scene as the investigation began that officers had made progress on stopping violence in the area. "We've made a lot of inroads into the crime up in this particular area. There's still some bad actors up here." William Marrow called for the killer to surrender. “Sitting around with the guilt that you did something like that for a period, then eventually you’re going to realize that you did a whole lot to a whole lot of people and someone’s going to say something, so you might as well turn yourself in.” "This violence must stop, and the person or people responsible for killing Vivian Marrow must be brought to justice," Bowser said. Vivian Marrow's family created a GoFundMe page to help fund her funeral.

From the DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, Washington DC, on Monday, January 16, 2017. At approximately 10:16 am, members of the Seventh District were flagged down in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult female and an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to local hospitals where the adult female victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Vivian Marrow, 68, of Southeast, DC. The adult male was admitted in stable condition.

Thank you to Moises Gomez for his help in documenting this memorial.





Homicide site: Willie Starkey, 1600 block of Benning Road NE DC

This police crime-scene tape is at the site of the demise of Mr. Willie Starkey, along a very busy area of Benning Road, adjacent to the Hechinger Mall complex.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of Benning Road NE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. At approximately 2:40 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Willie Starkey, 35, of Northeast, DC.

Thank you to Moises Gomez for his help documenting this site.

Kenneth Edward Morris, Jr, homicide by vehicle. Memorial in the 4100 block of East Capitol Street SE DC

This large memorial to Mr. Kenneth Edward Morris Jr., is along a well-traveled area of East Capitol Street SE, Washington DC. May he and his family know peace.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Friday, December 23, 2016, at approximately 7:20 pm. Members of the First District observed a 2008 Lexus IS 250 in the First District area, that was stolen in an Armed Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, in the 1400 block of A Street SE, Washington DC (CCN: 16-215-415). The officers activated their emergency equipment and followed the vehicle into the 4100 block of East Capitol Street SE. The stolen Lexus was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on East Capitol Street SE, when it struck the rear of a 2006 Nissan Altima, that was also traveling east bound on East Capitol Street SE.  The impact caused the Nissan to spin and strike a tree and continued eastbound until it struck a Honda Fit. The impact caused the Honda to strike a Ford Expedition. The occupants of the Lexus fled on foot towards 45th Street and Benning Road NE. A foot pursuit ensued and officers apprehended the driver of the stolen Lexus. The two other suspects made good their escape.

The driver of the Nissan Altima was transported with life threatening injuries to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as Kenneth Edward Morris, Jr., 31, of Southeast DC. The driver of the Honda was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Ford did not require medical treatment at the scene.
The driver of the stolen Lexus, David Mclane, 17, of Southeast DC, was arrested and charged as an adult with Murder Two.

Thank you to Moises Gomez for his help documenting this memorial.




Friday, January 13, 2017

Homicide site of Damien Keith Thomas | 2200 block of Mount View Place SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2200 block of Mount View Place SE, Washington DC, on Friday, December 23, 2016. At approximately 9:32 pm, members of the Seventh District were responding to a report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers discovered two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds in the 2200 block of Mount View Place, Southeast. DC Fire and EMS personnel  transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment. One victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The other victim remains in critical condition. The decedent has been identified as Damien Keith Thomas, 29, of Northeast DC.

Sad.

Shoes at the site of Herbert Dowtin's slaying. 800 block of Xenia Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in a fatal shooting which occurred on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in the 800 block of Xenia Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:18 pm, members of the Seventh District received a call for the report of the sounds of gunshots.  Upon arrival on the scene, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent was identified as Herbert Dowtin, 24, of Southeast, DC.

These shoes, which are often but not always displayed as a memorial to slaying victims, were over a wire about a half-block from the site designated in the police report.

In any case, may there be peace for all concerned.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Shrine for Rayshand Cotton, 1100 block of Brooke Road, Capitol Heights MD

This shrine to Mr. Cotton's memory was erected in a small community park in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

May there be justice for all. And peace.

From a Prince Georges County Police report: Homicide Unit detectives arrested and charged two teenagers in connection with the homicide in Capitol Heights. One of the suspects is being charged as an adult. He’s Demiko Aiken, 17, of Capitol Heights. He’s charged with first and second degree murder. The second suspect, a 16-year-old, is charged as a juvenile with accessory-after-the-fact. On December 19th, 2016, at about 9:50 am, a citizen flagged down a patrol officer after seeing the victim, Rayshand Cotton, on the ground in the 1100 block of Brooke Road, Capitol Heights, Maryland. The victim was suffering from severe burns and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined Cotton died from a gunshot wound. Through the course of the investigation, Aiken was developed as a suspect. He and the second suspect were arrested. They were driving the victim’s stolen SUV in the area of Rollins Lane in Capitol Heights. Detectives believe the motive for the murder was the robbery of the SUV. Aiken and the victim were acquaintances. The 16-year-old has admitted to helping Aiken dispose of the body after the murder. Aiken is in the custody of the Department of Correction on a no-bond status.






Terrence Thomas, Jr. / Police shooting incident. 4100 block of Byers Street, Capitol Heights MD

From a Prince Georges County Police report: The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a police-involved shooting in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The Special Investigative Response Team (SIRT) is leading the investigation.


The preliminary investigation revealed on December 22, 2016, at about 8:30am, our patrol officers responded to the 4100 block of Byers Street for a 911 call about a suspicious car with the engine running. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a car matching the description, with two individuals sleeping inside. The officers approached the car and attempted to wake the individuals. The passenger, who was later identified as 39-year-old Alvin Young Jr., of Washington, DC, opened the passenger side door in an attempt to flee from the officer standing on the passenger side.  
  
As Young was attempting to flee, the driver, who was later identified as Terrence Toshay Thomas, Jr of  Capitol Heights, was awakened, pulled out a handgun, and pointed it at the officer and the passenger who were on the passenger side of the vehicle. Fearing for the lives of the officer and the passenger, the officer on the driver’s side of the vehicle discharged his service weapon striking Thomas twice in the chest. After a brief foot chase, Young was then apprehended and taken into custody.

Officers immediately performed life saving measures on Thomas. Thomas was subsequently taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Evidence teams recovered the handgun displayed by the driver and a second weapon, a rifle, which were both located inside the vehicle.  Both weapons are under forensic investigation and review.

Young was taken into custody and charged with various firearm related charges and is being held without bond in the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.
 The officer who discharged his weapon is Police Officer Steven Tucker, age 22. He has been with the Prince George’s county police department for a year and a half. The officers involved were not hurt or injured as result of the incident.

There is more about this incident in the Washington Post.

I documented this site a day after the incident. No memorial had been able to be built at the time.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rest In Paradise. Street memorial for Marquette Tyler | 3300 block of 22nd Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 3300 block of 22nd Street SE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. At approximately 8:41 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. All lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Marquette Tyler, 26, of Southeast, DC.

My he indeed rest in paradise.



"In Gods Hands" - Shrine at the site of a double homicide. Samuelle Buie and Rassaan Jennings | 3000 block of Stanton Road SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a double homicide that occurred in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC, on Friday, November 11, 2016. At 1:27 am, members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Seventh District heard the sounds of gunshots in the area of the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE. After a brief canvass, members located two adult males; both were unconscious and unresponsive, and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victims to local hospitals, where lifesaving efforts failed. Both were pronounced dead. The decedents have been identified as Samuelle Buie, 25, and Rassaan Jennings, 19, both of Southeast, DC.

This large shrine is at the site of the slaying of both Mr. Buie and Mr. Jennings.

May they and their families have peace.

Peace.











Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Shrine for Todd Webb and Brian Davis | 6800 block of Walker Mill Road, Capitol Heights MD

From a Prince George's County police report: Homicide Unit detectives arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of Todd Webb, 14, in Capitol Heights, Maryland, early Sunday morning. The suspect is Bravon Freeman, 22, of Southeast Washington.
The investigation continues into identifying and arresting the suspect(s) who shot and killed Brian Davis, 18, at that same shooting scene minutes earlier.  On October 30, 2016, at about 2:45 am, patrol officers were called to the 6800 block of Walker Mill Road for a shooting. They discovered a total of six shooting victims in the parking lot. Webb and Davis were pronounced dead on the scene.
The preliminary investigation reveals the six victims and Freeman were among a group of people who were gathered outside an apartment building to take part in or watch a dice game. For a reason which remains under investigation, a suspect or suspects began to shoot into the group. Davis was killed in that shooting. Several minutes later, detectives believe Freeman went inside the building, got a gun and then shot and killed Webb. Responding patrol officers arrested Freeman on the scene.

Freeman is in the custody of the Department of Corrections being held on a no bond status. He is charged with first and second degree murder.

This crime scene tape marking the site of the double homicide is adjacent to a small shopping center.


I visited the site again on January 10, 2017. This memorial to Mr. Webb and Mr. Davis had been erected on the grounds of a gas station where they went to their eternal rest.

Peace and justice. A prayer.




Monday, November 28, 2016

Memorial for Breyona McMillian, Potomac Gardens, 1200 block of I Street SE DC

Breyona McMillian, 16, was shot down on November 25, 2016, when a gunman fired into a crowd in the Potomac Gardens apartment complex. It appears that she was not an intended target. By all accounts she was a promising and positive young woman, whose life was tragically ended in a storm of completely senseless violence.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of I Street SE, Washington DC, on Friday, November 25, 2016. At approximately 11:42 am, members of the First District responded to the listed location for a report of the Sounds of Gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim,  identified as Breyona McMillian, 16, of Southeast DC, to an area hospital. All lifesaving efforts failed and she was pronounced dead.

The mayor and acting police chief have decried this sad situation, and have stepped up efforts for security in the area, to bring some justice to Ms. McMillian and her grieving family.and friends.

This memorial to her life is in a courtyard near the site of her slaying. The "Love not hate" sign appears in a window directly across the courtyard from where the shrine has been erected.

There is more on this sad situation in the Washington Post.

Peace. Shalom. ברוך דיין האמת. Blessed be the True Judge.