Monday, July 14, 2014

"...Love You Uncle Alonzo" - Shrine to Alonzo Beasley, 22nd and I Streets NE

From a DC police report: On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at approximately 3:33 pm officers from the Fifth District responded to a call for a stabbing at 22nd and I Streets NE, Washington DC. Upon their arrival, an adult male was located suffering from stab wounds to the body. Personnel from DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Alonzo Gregory Beasley, 52, to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at approximately 1:25 pm, pursuant to an arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Malik Bilal, 38. He was charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the death of Alonzo Gregory Beasley.



More information is on on HomicideWatch.


RIP Xavier Lyles- memorial to a child on Pomeroy Road SE

From a DC police report: On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at approximately 11:07 am, police officers from the Seventh Patrol District responded to a call for service for the report of an unconscious child in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located a male toddler, identified as Xavier Lyles, 3, unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and EMS found no signs consistent with life. The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries. The manner was ruled a homicide


I spoke with three ladies near this child's shrine. They said that the recent rains had washed away much of the shrine, including the little boy's photograph.

One woman told me she had built a shrine to her slain daughter just up the block a few years ago.

A blessing from whatever heaven his family can find, and wings of peace for his innocent soul.

More information is on HomicideWatch.

Memorial for India Chapple on Pomeroy Road SE

I found this memorial after some neighbors pointed it out to me. Ms. Chapple lost her life in April 2014. Her shrine has been maintained for some months by her loved ones. It is within 100 feet of the memorial for Xavier Lyles



From a DC police report: On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at approximately 2:17 am, officers from the Seventh District responded to a call for the report of an unconscious person in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult female, identified as India Chapple, 26, suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported her to a local hospital for treatment where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at approximately 10:45 am, Tracy Mathis, 30, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the stabbing death of India Chapple.

There is additional and ongoing information about this case on HomicideWatch.

My justice be served, and her loved ones know peace.

RIP Mary Anne Thomas | 1200 block of Howison Place SW

From a DC police report: On Friday, June 27, 2014, at approximately 4:15 am, members from the First District responded to a call for a check on the welfare in the 1200 block of Howison Place SW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult female unconscious and unresponsive inside the residence.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and found no signs consistent with life.  The decedent, identified as Mary Anne Thomas, 53, was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy was conducted and determined the decedent suffered a gunshot wound.

The neighborhood she lived in is very near both Arena Stage and the National's Stadium.

There is more information on Ms. Thomas's case at HomicideWatch.

Peace.

Friday, July 11, 2014

"A light in the neighborhood" Memorial for James Oh, 5500 block of Colorado Avenue NW









From a DC police report: On Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:19 pm, members from the Fourth District responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male semi-conscious and suffering from head trauma. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as James Oh, 76, to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

His wife, Soonai, was also injured in the robbery.

I spoke with several people at the site, many of whom were involved in building it. Mr. Oh and his wife were beloved fixtures in the community, known for their humor, kindness, and generosity.

Two of the notes on the memorial to Mr. Oh read, in part:
"You were a light in the neighborhood and will be missed"
and in crayon, in a child's hand:
"I love you for all the candy and ice cream. You are so special."

May he and his family have peace, and may justice be served.

There is a thoughtful article about Mr. Oh in the Washington Post.

More information can be followed at HomicideWatch.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Memorial shrine for 50 Grand / Daniel Calvin Short, of Southeast DC

From a DC police report: On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at approximately 3:30 am, members of the First District responded to the area of the 5th and K Streets NE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Daniel Calvin Short, 36, of Southeast Washington, DC, to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

This shrine to the memory of Mr. Short is in the 4100 block of 1st Street SE, Washington DC. It was erected by his brother and others in his circle. It includes a painting, shelves, carpeting, a table, and other special features to honor his memory. Mr. Short left children, who are being cared for by the family.

Peace.

There is more information to be found at HomicideWatch.









Thank you to David Hafner and Theresa Moorleghan for their support in the documentation of this memorial.

RIP Leon Young and unidentified victim, 1800 block of 8th Street NW DC

 From a DC police report: On Thursday, June 12, 2014, at approximately 11:34 am, an adult male was found deceased in the 1800 block of 8th Street NW, Washington DC. On Friday, June 13, 2014, members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be blunt force injuries and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The decedent has been identified as Leon Young, 22, of Washington, DC.

On Friday, June 13, 2014 at approximately 8:42 pm, Homicide detectives along with officers from the Sixth District, arrested Jeffery Bernard Neal, 21, of Washington, DC, and charged him with Murder Two while Armed in connection to the death of Leon Young.

A second unidentified body was subsequently found on the premises.

This case, and ongoing information, can be followed in detail at HomicideWatch.



RIP Luis Avila Melendez / Fuller Street and Mozart Place NW DC

From a DC police report: On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at approximately 2:23 am, police officers from the Third District responded to a call for a shooting near the intersection of Fuller Street and Mozart Place NW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 1600 block of Columbia Road, NW. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Luis E. Avila Melendez, 27, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There is more information available about this case at HomicideWatch.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Donta Thrower RIP - 1200 block of N. Capitol Street NW

From a DC police report: On Friday, May 30, 2014, at approximately 9:24 pm, officers from the First District and a DC Housing Officer responded to a call for the report of a shooting in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street NW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim, identified as Donta Thrower, 32, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There have been several homicides in or near this location over the past several years. It is just a dozen blocks from the US Capitol building.

I wish Mr. Thrower's family peace.

More information about the case can be followed on HomicideWatch:


Friday, May 23, 2014

Pink bear and a love heart for Antwone Dwayne Tolson / 2600 block of Bowen Road SE

From a DC police report: On Monday, May 19, 2014, at approximately 11:29 pm, police officers from the Seventh Patrol District responded to a call for the report of a shooting in the 2600 block of Bowen Road SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, DC Fire and EMS personnel transported the victim, identified as Antwone Dwayne Tolson, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There is more and ongoing information available at HomicideWatch.

Memorial for Simwone Keith Milstead / Woodland Terrace SE

From a DC police report: On Saturday, May 17, 2014, at approximately 11:58 pm, officers from the Seventh District responded to a call for the report of a shooting in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, Washington, DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Simwone Keith Milstead, 38, to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

This sad situation occurred in the beleaguered Woodland Terrace complex. I have photographed at least three shrines to murder victims in this particular small courtyard over the years, and documented many others in the adjacent neighborhood.

I hope for peace to this man's family, and healing for the entire community.



More information is on HomicideWatch.

 

RIP Ronnell Daniels / Unit block of 55th Street SE


From a DC police report: On Monday, May 19, 2014, at approximately 11:15 pm, police officers from the Sixth Patrol District responded to a call for the report of a shooting in the Unit block of 55th Street SE, Washington, DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds lying in the Unit block of 55th Street, Southeast. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as  Ronnell Daniels, 40, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

More information is at HomicideWatch.

Police tape at the site of the murder of Mary Houston, 75 years old | 800 block of Channing Place NE

From a DC police report: On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at approximately 11:12 am, an adult female was found deceased in the  800 block of Channing Place NE, Washington DC. The decedent, identified as Mary Houston, 75, was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending autopsy.
On May 8, 2014, members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the Cause of Death to be blunt force injuries and asphyxiation and the Manner to be Homicide.

This site is at the back of a dead-end street, with mostly older and abandoned warehouse buildings. A very sad situation.

More information at HomicideWatch.

Flower memorial for Lucille Proctor, 80 years old

From HomicideWatch, reporting on a DC police report: The Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch has announced that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia has ruled the fire death that occurred in the 4600 block of 4th Street, NW as a homicide.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 5:50 am, the District of Columbia Fire Department received a call for the report of a house on fire in the 4600 block of 4th Street NW, Washington, DC. Upon arrival, members located a three story row house with fire present. After the fire was extinguished, an adult female, identified as Lucille Proctor, 80, was located inside the residence. She was subsequently pronounced dead.

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Robert Proctor, 76,  was arrested and charged with Arson in connection with this case. On Friday, May 2, 2014, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia ruled the death to be a homicide.



Four bears and a heart of candles for Jermaine Dews | 5800 block of Field Place NE

From a DC police report: On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at approximately 3:10 pm, police officers from the Sixth District responded to the 5800 block of Field Place NE, Washington DC, for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, police officers discovered an adult male, identified as Jermaine Dews, 27, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, unconscious and unresponsive.  DC Fire and EMS  determined there were no signs consistent with life.

While documenting this shrine, I spoke with a young woman neighbor, who kindly and out of propriety re-set up a couple of teddy bears that had fallen over, and straightened up some of the flowers for the photographs.



There is more information on this case at HomicideWatch.

Memorial along a trail to Akinyele Warner, Langley Park, Maryland.


From a Prince Georges County Police report: The Prince George’s County Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with a murder that occurred in Langley Park late Saturday night. The investigation reveals this is a gang-related crime.



Just before 11 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014, Maryland National Capital Park Police and Prince George’s County Police officers responded to the Northwest Branch Hiker Biker Trail in Langley Park, Maryland, for the report of an unconscious male.  The preliminary investigation reveals the victim, Akinleye Warner, 19, of Langley Park, traveled to the park with three acquaintances. The decedent was with an acquaintance who went to the area to conduct a drug transaction.  During the attempted transaction, Warner was assaulted. He was found on a park trail suffering from multiple stab wounds. The investigation reveals the suspects are gang members who committed the crime in order to gain notoriety within the gang.

Investigators quickly developed leads in the case and have arrested three suspects, all of whom are charged with first degree murder.  They are Nelson Rivera-Anaya, 15, Angel Contreras, 14, and a 13 year old who under state law can’t be charged as an adult.  Rivera-Anaya & Contreras are being held at the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.  The 13 year old is being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility. The three suspects attend and/or attended Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi.

Throughout this ongoing investigation, the Prince George’s County Police Department has worked closely with PGCPS leaders to ensure the safety of students.  Additional patrol resources have been stationed at the affected schools since the crime occurred. The PGPD has also assigned investigators within the school system to add an additional layer of security. Those investigators will share information with school leadership regarding any possible gang activity.

A large vigil and march was held in honor of and in support of Mr. Warner and his family, who were immigrants from Guyana. There is more information on the vigil in the Washington Post.

Street shrine to unknown person, Elvans Road SE

I found this shrine to unknown victim in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, Washington DC, near Stanton Road.

There have been several homicides in this block over the years, and a shrine was built on this site in 2011, but I could find no recent online records of tragedy in the area.

Please notify me if you know anything about this memorial, and I will be glad to update any accurate information.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On Deaf Ears - exhibition at the JCCNV

"On Deaf Ears" is an exhibition at the Bodzin Gallery of the Northern Virginia Jewish Community CenterThis exhibit commemorates Yom Ha’Shoah and reflects the theme of public response to injustice today. This year’s JCRC annual Holocaust commemoration is themed “On Deaf Ears: Media Coverage and Public Response in the Holocaust Years.” Artists have been asked to exhibit works that represent contemporary connections to this theme. 

This is the first time my photographs of street memorials to Washington DC-area victims of violence have been exhibited.

I am honored to have my work included alongside my colleagues, fellow social documentary photojournalists, Hector Emanuel and Michelle Frankfurter.









These images show some aspects of the installation. Many thanks to the Jewish Community Relations Council  and Irene Gavin of the JCCNV for their help in hosting the exhibition.