Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mural shrine for Maurice Scott | 3500 block of Wheeler Road SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, May 26, 2019, in the 3500 block of Wheeler Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:35 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an unconscious juvenile male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A short time later, two adult females and a juvenile female walked into a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. They are all being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Maurice Scott, 15, of Southeast DC.

There has been quite a bit of attention to the loss of Mr. Scott. The Washington Post and the City Paper have reports. He appears to have been a well-liked, positive young man with a bright future. A relative told me he leaves. behind a twin sister. May her and her family's hearts have strength and healing. His loss has affected the community deeply.

While at this mural painted to him. on the side of the Holiday Market where his life ended in a spray of gunfire, there were several young neighbors, friends, and relatives who came by to pay respects. Earlier in the day the police chief and Mayor Bowser also visited this site and made remarks regarding ongoing violence in the community, and their efforts to stem the tide. I was told that the artist created this exceptional portrait within one day.

In all my 16+ years documenting street memorials in our area, this is the first such portrait mural I have encountered. It is a testament to the meaning of this young man's life and his community's grief at the loss.

Peace.











"RIP Bone" : Ravond Simms' memorial, 5200 block of Kenmont Road, Oxon Hill, MD

From a Prince George's County Police report: The Homicide Unit is actively working to identify and arrest the suspect(s) who shot and killed a man overnight in Oxon Hill. The victim is 24-year-old Ravond Simms of Washington, DC. On May 7th, 2019, at approximately 12:00 am, patrol officers responded to the 5200 block of Kenmont Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. They located the victim on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.





Jamal Ferrel | 700 block of 14th Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred on Sunday, April 28, 2019, in the 700 block of 14th Street SE, Washington, DC. At approximately 11:42 pm, members of the First District and the Metro Transit Police Department responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, members located an unconscious adult male, suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, Jamal Ferrel, 40,  was pronounced dead.

This police tape marking the site of Mr Ferrel's demise is immediately adjacent to the Potomac Avenue Metro stop.


Yellow police tape: Dajuan Donald Hart's homicide site- 3300 block of D 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 Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in the 3300 block of D Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:52 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound. While canvasing the area, officers located a second adult male victim who was unconscious suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported the first victim to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The second victim displayed no signs consistent with life and remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as Dajuan Donald Hart, 23, of Southeast DC.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Holy lights | Street shrine for Jonathan Hernandez - 100 block of T Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in the 100 block of T Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:24 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an unconscious adult male victim, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A second adult male victim was located suffering from a gunshot wound. The second victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Jonathan Hernandez, 25, of Southeast DC.

These flowers and candles were in a generally quiet street near high school.

Peace. Paz.





Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ghostbike memorial for David Salovesh | 12th Street and Florida Avenue NE DC












From a DC Police report: Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred on Friday, April 19, 2019, in the intersection of 12th Street and Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:00 a.m., an automated license plate reader alerted that there was a stolen white van in the area of Benning Road NE. Metropolitan Police Department Fifth District officers saw the stolen van near the area of Benning Road and Florida Ave NE and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop for the officers and fled the area. A short time later, officers from the Fifth District discovered the driver of the stolen van was involved in a traffic crash at the intersection of 12th Street and Florida Avenue NE. The preliminary investigation into this crash revealed that the driver of the stolen van was speeding, while traveling westbound on Florida Avenue NE. When the driver reached the intersection of 12th Street and Florida Avenue NE, he failed to stop at the red light and struck a blue Hyundai that was traveling South on 12th Street NE. The driver of the stolen van then proceeded to travel westbound on Florida Avenue NE, crossing over the double yellow lines, striking an adult male cyclist following the flow of traffic in an eastbound lanes of Florida Avenue NE. The driver of the stolen vehicle then struck a tree. MPD officers arrived on the scene shortly after the traffic crash and placed the driver of the stolen van under arrest. The driver of the striking vehicle was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the blue Hyundai did not sustain any injuries. The adult male cyclist showed no signs consistent with life and was pronounced dead on the scene. The decedent has been identified as David Salovesh, 54, of Northeast, DC. On Friday, April 19, 2019, Robert Earl Little, Jr, 25, of Northwest, DC was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.


Mr Salovesh was a leader in the local cycling community and was well loved and respected. I spoke to one of his friends at the shrine site. He came to pay his respects. He said "he was the best. He was so much better than most of us." There is a lot of material on his life and on the reaction to his death,  plus the the activism regarding safety undertaken by the local cycling community of which he was a part. See these two articles in the Washington Post. Article one here. Article two here.


Shrine at the site of a double homicide: Jobe McDowney and Desimon Richardson | 4900 block of Nash Street NE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in the 4900 block of Nash Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:15 pm, members of the Sixth District responded for the report of the sounds of gunshots at the listed location. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males, inside the stairwell of a residential building, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and found no signs consistent with life. An additional adult male victim was located in the 900 block of 44th Street, Northeast, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedents have been identified as Jobe McDowney, 23, of Southeast DC, and Desimon Richardson, 21, of Temple Hills, MD.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Street memorial to Corey Farmer | 400 block of 37th Place SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in the 400 block of 37th Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:03 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males and a juvenile male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported all three victims to local hospitals for treatment. On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Corey Farmer, 19, of Southeast DC, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.





May he, his friends, family, and community, experience peace.

Dawud Debruhl's memorial - 1300 block of Columbia Road NW

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW, Washington DC. At approximately 6:21 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Dawud Debruhl, 25, of Northwest, DC.




Peace, peace, peace.

Shrine in honor of Georgette Goodman, 4700 block of 1st Street SW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, February 25, 2019, in the 4700 block of 1st Street SW, Washington DC. At approximately 6:25 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a female victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as Georgette Goodman, 35, of Southwest DC.

May she rest in peace.




Thursday, March 14, 2019

RIP Dre / unknown, 300 block of 53rd Street NE

I saw this graffiti memorial to "Dre" in the 300 block of 53rd Street NE, Washington DC. It is in the Clay Terrace area, adjacent to the long-standing memorial to Makiyah Wilson.

I have no further information on this case.

RIP.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Memorial for a double slaying: Joseph Burgess and Regina Bowman | 3300 Block of Ely Place SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, January 5, 2019, in the 3300 Block of Ely Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 6:30 am, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the listed location for a residential fire. Once the fire was extinguished, two victims were located inside the residence. Both victims displayed no signs consistent with life. On Sunday, January 6, 2019, an autopsy was performed on the victims’ remains. As a result, the manner of death for each victim was ruled a homicide. The first decedent has been identified as Joseph Burgess, 60, of Southeast DC. The second decedent has been identified as Regina Bowman, 50, of Southeast DC.

Thank you to Lara Ajami for her help identifying this memorial site.






Abdul Watts | 5300 block of Dix Street NE DC

This memorial to Abdul Watts is at the edge of a community garden adjacent to Clay Terrace in Northeast DC. It is a neighborhood that has long been deeply challenged by violence.




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in the 5300 block of Dix Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:35 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male victim suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Abdul Watts, 46, of District Heights, MD, was pronounced dead.

Curtis Wills-Bey | 3000 block of Stanton Road SE DC

I believe this shrine is in honor of the memory of Curtis Wills-Bey. There have been numerous homicides in this area over the years. I trust that safety and peace returns, and that Mr. Wills-Bey rests in peace.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, December 29, 2018, in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:21 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report for a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Curtis Wills-Bey, 53, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.