Saturday, June 18, 2016

“Yeah that, two times.” "This senseless violence and murder must stop. Please." Street memorial for Pierre Clark, 1000 block of Montgomery Avenue, Alexandria VA











I documented this extensive and moving street shrine to Pierre Clark at the north end of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. There were friends and family still gathered there. Sadly also, two other homicides have occurred nearby this year.

From an Alexandria VA police report: The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Montgomery Street, Alexandria Virginia, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. At approximately 12:35 p.m., officers responded to the area for a shooting. A man was located by police suffering from trauma to the upper body. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing. The victim has been identified as Pierre Clark, 28, of no fixed address.

There is also an excellent story about Mr. Clark's life, the broad-daylight shooting, and the vigil in his honor attended by a large gathering of friends and family, in the Alexandria Gazette. There is additional material in a Washington Post article.

I spoke with a few of the people gathered at the shrine. Incense was still lit and scenting the air. One man, Mr. Clark's cousin, said that he left behind children, and that another child was on the way.

I wish these innocents peace and every strength. May their father's memory be for a blessing.


Shrine to Sheldon Kevin Robinson | 3700 block of Ely Place SE, DC





From a DC police report: The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with a Homicide that occurred on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at approximately 3:18 pm, in the 3700 block of Ely Place, SE, Washington DC. Members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Sheldon Kevin Robinson, 28, of Southeast DC.

There are extensive writings expressing love and care for Mr. Robinson on this touching shrine, adjacent to a modest apartment building.








Memorial for William Arthur Wells Jr. | teddy bear and a cross in the 200 block of 55th 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 55th Street NE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 29, 2016. At approximately 1:30 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call at the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. The first victim was found unconscious and unresponsive.  He succumbed to his injuries, and was pronounced dead.  A second victim was found in the 5500 block of Blaine Street, Northeast, suffering from gunshot wounds.  The second victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The decedent has been identified as William Arthur Wells Jr., 39, of Southeast DC.

Peace, peace; please.


Daryl Antjuan Walker: Police tape at the scene, 800 block of Kayak Avenue, Capitol Heights MD

From a Prince Georges County police report: The Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal shooting in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The victim is Daryl Antjuan Walker, 23, of Capitol Heights. At about 9:00 pm on May 31st, 2016, patrol officers were called to the 800 block of Kayak Avenue for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers found the victim inside of a car suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Detectives are working to identify a motive and the suspect(s).

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crime scene tape at the site of Willie James Young's slaying | 4500 block of Benning Road NE (Shrimp Boat)

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 4500 block of Benning Road SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At approximately 4:47 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the report of a man down. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male, unconscious and breathing, and suffering from apparent head injuries. DC Fire and EMS personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was admitted for treatment.  Further investigation revealed, the victim had been assaulted. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner-Maryland conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be complications of head injuries and manner of death is homicide. The decedent has been identified as Willie James Young, 35, of Suitland, MD.

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Darren Jackson, 26, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

There were two other homicides in recent weeks within two blocks of this busy location at the intersection of East Capitol and Benning Roads NE in DC.

May wisdom and peace return to the neighborhood. A mending of hearts and souls.

800 block of 21st Street NE DC | Police tape at the site of Leo Hackett's death

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting that occurred in the 800 block of 21st Street NE, Washington DC, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. At approximately 10:42 am, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital. All lifesaving efforts failed and the victim succumbed to his injuries.  The decedent has been identified as Leo Hackett, 30, of Northeast, DC. A short time later, Wilbert Whitaker, 67, was arrested.  He was charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.  

Pain. Sorrow. Rain. Strength. Comfort. Light. Shrine to John Rufus Evans III, Deanwood Metro Station, 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal stabbing that occurred in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE Washington DC, (Deanwood Metro Station) on Monday, April 11, 2016. At approximately 11:04 am, Members of the Sixth District responded to a call for an aggravated assault. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male suffering from an apparent stab wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  All lifesaving efforts proved futile, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. The victim has been identified as John Rufus Evans III, 15, of Northeast, DC. On Monday, April 11, 2016 at approximately 7:55 pm, members of the Homicide Branch arrested Jovante Hall 18, of Northeast, DC and charged him with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

Another 15-year old, Davonte Washington, was murdered at this same Metro station on March 26, 2016. Maurice Bellamy, 17, was charged in his death. More on this case is on WJLA.

The shrine to Mr. Evans was spotted by Charlotte Yang. Thanks to her for caring, and for careful attention.






Shoes on the wire at the site of Jaquan Lamont Haney's slaying | 4000 block of Wheeler Road 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 4000 block of Wheeler Road SE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. At approximately 10:17 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Jaquan Lamont Haney, 22, of Southeast, DC.

I was unable to determine for certain if these sneakers were placed for Mr. Haney, but they are in the vicinity of his recent death.

Peace.

Candles in memory of Don Lavae Willams Jr. in the 2900 Block of Nelson Place SE, Washington DC

This shrine remnant to Don Lavae Williams, Jr. is behind a small commercial area in Southeast DC. Some of his friends informed me that there a larger shrine was evident until recently. It included his photograph and other material placed in memory by friends and family.


From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2900 Block of Nelson Place SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At approximately 1:47 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as Don Lavae Williams, Jr., 34.   




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memorial for Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 800 block Kennedy Street NW, DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of Kennedy Street, NW, Washington DC, on Saturday, April 23, 2016. At approximately 10:23 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for stabbing. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 38, of Northwest, DC.

This memorial to Mr. Fuentes-Lazo is in the Petworth neighborhood.





Thank you to my friend and colleague, photographer/educator/optimist Kristian Whipple, who lives very near this site and alerted me to its presence.

Peace in the 'hood. Peace to all.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tavon Maurice Patterson: Roses, ribbons, the cross, and a bear in memory; 15th Place SE Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3200 block of 15th Place SE, Washington DC, on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at approximately 7:38 pm.              

Members of the Seventh District responded for a shooting call.  While investigating in the area, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital, where the victim, identified as Tavon Maurice Patterson, 23, later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.



I was alerted to the presence of this shrine to the memory of Mr. Patterson, by my friend and resident of the neighborhood, Craig Byynes. Thank you Craig.

And blessings on the community and the circle of Mr. Patterson's friends and family.



Friday, April 1, 2016

"Wamp in Peace" Memorial for Kenvontae Jones | 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in the 100 block of Danbury Street SW, Washington DC.

At approximately 4:54 am, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting.  While investigating, they located an adult male victim unconscious, unresponsive, and suffering from gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and EMS members arrived on the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed.  The decedent has been identified as Kenvontae Jones, 19,  of Southeast DC.

This memorial to Mr. Jones, which is in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC,  is within 100 feet of the memorial to Aubrey Dansbury.






May there be peace in the 'hood.

Aubrey Dansbury's memorial in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE DC

From a DC police report: On March 17, 2016, Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch announced that the victim in an Assault with Intent to Kill offense, which occurred on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at approximately 5:27 pm in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC, has succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  He was identified as Aubrey Dansbury, 27,  of Southeast DC.

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Anthony Wade, 29, of Southeast DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Kill. His charges are now being upgraded to Second Degree Murder While Armed.

There is an excellent article in the Washington Post describing this case, and the wave of troubles that have been plaguing the neighborhood of late.




Legacy shrine, 300 block of Addison Road, Capitol Heights, MD

While searching for a possible memorial to Gilbert Hall III, who, according to a Prince Georges County police report, was slain in the 300 block of Addison Road South in Capitol Heights MD on January 30, 2016. I found this remnant of a previously built and maintained shrine. It may be for Eddie Ross, who lost his life here in 2011. The site adjoins a busy Metro station. There have been several other fatal losses in this block over the years.