Monday, January 29, 2018

Brishell Jones Way | unit block of Danbury Street SW, Washington DC.

From NBC TV: Brishell Jones was just 16 when she was shot and killed in the South Capitol Street massacre in 2010. On Friday, 1/19/18 the street she lived on was renamed in her honor, with civic officials and family attending. A bill enacted by the Washington DC City Council names the block in Ward 8 as "Brishell Jones Way."

Ms. Jones was slain in a notorious mass killing at the corner of Brandywine and South Capitol Streets SW on March 30, 2010, along with Tavon Nelson, DeVaughan Boyd, William Jones III, and Jordan Howe. Several men were convicted of the murders. Ms. Jones' mother has been especially outspoken in her activism against gun violence and in honoring the legacy of her daughter's life.

More about the situation and the original memorial built to honor these slain young people, taken before their time, can be viewed on this shrines blog here.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Maleak Coffin's memorial | 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE DC. "The Corner"

This memorial adjacent to a mural depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Washington "I Have A Dream" speech is to Maleak Coffin, slain at this site recently.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced that a second arrest has been made in reference to a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington DC, on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
At approximately 11:08 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an unconscious male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. On Tuesday, December 26, 2017, the victim, identified as Maleak Coffin, 22, of Southeast DC, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, pursuant to DC Superior Court arrest warrant, a 22 year-old male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed. On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Robert Handsome Washington, 20, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

This area, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue is sometimes called "The Corner." May it be untroubled, and peace return.

Memorial to Steven Slaughter in the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue SE DC

This memorial along busy Minnesota Avenue is for Steven Slaughter, a 14 year old boy who was killed there recently.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE, Washington DC on Sunday, January 14, 2018. At approximately 6:59 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered a juvenile male, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Steven Slaughter, 14, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

From WJLA TV: Police say they were called to 1720 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE near the Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church. Officers say they found Steven Slaughter of Southeast D.C. there with a multiple bullet wounds. Slaughter was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead, officials say.

This site is just a couple of blocks from two other recent slayings in the neighborhood.

Shalom/peace/salaam/paz

Shrine for Jasmine "Jazz" Lashai Light | 2000 block of 16th Street SE DC

This large street shrine to Jasmine "Jazz" Lashai Light, is in the 16th Street SE corridor. This neighborhood has been deeply troubled of late.

May she and all of her friends and family, and the entire community, know true peace.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle of interest in reference to a Homicide offense that occurred in the 2000 block of 16th Street SE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. At approximately 11:08 am, the victims were standing at the listed location. Unknown suspects fired shots at the victims, from a vehicle, then fled the scene. One adult female and three adult males were struck by the gunfire. All of the victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The three adult male victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. The adult female victim, identified as Jasmine Lashai Light, 23, Southwest DC, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
A vehicle of interest was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in this video:











Street memorial in the 1600 block of U Street SE, DC

There has been a lot of violence in this neighborhood of late. This shrine is likely in memory and honor of Shawntese Murphy, slain here in October 2017.

May she, and her community, know peace.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of U Street SE, Washington DC, on Friday, October 20, 2017. At approximately 10:53 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female,  identified as Shawntese Murphy, 20, of Suitland, MD, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. During the course of the investigation, a second victim, an adult male, was located at a local hospital receiving treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On August 3, 2006, Robert Lee Vinson was also shot to death in the same block. More information on this situation is on the DC Police website, here.


Police tape at the site of Jermaine Bowens slaying. 2200 block of Douglas 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 2200 block of Douglas Street NE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. At approximately 5:15 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Jermaine Bowens, 38, of Northeast DC was pronounced dead.

RIP.




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Double homicide | Scott Fricker and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker; 2600 block of Black Fir Court, Reston, VA

This memorial of flowers is outside a home in a quiet Reston, Virginia neighborhood. The double homicide was allegedly perpetrated by a neo-Nazi teenager.

 From a Fairfax County Police report: Fair Oaks Police District – Overnight, homicide detectives obtained petitions charging a 17-year-old Lorton boy with the murders of Scott Fricker and his wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker. The suspect was the third person shot at the scene of yesterday’s double murder in the 2600 block of Black Fir Court in Reston, Virginia, [on December 22, 2017]. His injuries were self-inflicted and he remains in the hospital in life-threatening
condition. He is under police guard.
The preliminary investigation determined the suspect, who knows the residents of the home, got inside and was then confronted by the couple. The suspect shot them both and then himself.
Four other family members who were home at the time of the shooting were not hurt. Our Victim Services Section has been assisting them as needed.
The petitions will be served on the suspect at a time yet to be determined, depending on his medical condition. His identity is not being revealed due to his age.




Excerpted from a Washington Post article: Buckley Kuhn-Fricker was so disturbed by what she discovered about her teenage daughter’s boyfriend that she spent a tumultuous week pushing for a breakup. By Thursday, she texted a friend saying the “outspoken Neo Nazi” was out of their lives.

But just hours later, the family said that the 17-year-old boyfriend had shot and killed Kuhn-Fricker, 43, and her husband, Scott, 48 in their Reston, Va., home. It happened while the couple’s children and relatives were inside... gathered to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

The teen, who then turned the gun on himself and is in critical condition at a hospital, was charged with two counts of murder Saturday after police spent Friday investigating at the large, green, single-family home decorated with Christmas wreaths and snowflakes.

Fairfax County police would not offer a motive for the double slaying, but family members and friends tied it directly to the couple’s struggle to keep hate out of their home...

Friends and family said Kuhn-Fricker, who owned an elder-care business, was tolerant and passionate about civil rights and social justice, so she put her foot down after discovering alarming tweets and Twitter messages she believed were connected to her 16-year-old daughter’s boyfriend after looking at the girl’s phone.

On Sunday night, Kuhn-Fricker alerted the principal of the Fairfax County private school that her daughter and the boyfriend attend, attaching numerous images of the account that had retweeted missives praising Hitler, supporting Nazi book burnings, calling for “white revolution,” making derogatory comments about Jews and featuring an illustration of a man hanging from a noose beneath a slur for gay people. In a series of private Twitter messages, the account Kuhn-Fricker attributed to the boyfriend responded to a photo of a candy shop that featured a display of a dreidel by writing, “ima run in there with my swastika armband right now.”

Kuhn-Fricker wrote that her daughter told her over the summer that the boyfriend was very good at history and that her daughter asked, “Did you know that Jews are partly to blame for WWII?”

Janet Kuhn, Kuhn-Fricker’s mother, said that her daughter told her she believed the boyfriend was trying to indoctrinate the girl with white-supremacist ideas... Kuhn-Fricker said her daughter grew so upset in recent weeks when she told her to stop seeing the boyfriend the teenager refused to eat. “We can’t allow her to see someone associated with Nazis,” a friend... recalled Kuhn-Fricker saying. “We don’t associate with hate groups in our house.”

Janet Kuhn said the family staged an intervention with her granddaughter on Wednesday, to convince her to stay away from the boyfriend. There was anger, crying and a long discussion about the Nazis, but the teenager eventually agreed it was in her best interests to end the relationship.

Janet Kuhn said that a detective revealed that her daughter and son-in-law went to check on her granddaughter in the early hours of Friday morning, after possibly hearing a sound.
The parents discovered the boyfriend in their daughter’s bedroom... Scott Fricker yelled at the boyfriend to get out of the house and to never return... At that point, the boyfriend pulled out a gun and shot both parents. The boyfriend then shot himself in the head.

Peace. Peace, justice, and every healing. Shalom. Peace.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Memorial to Joni Rockingham / 300 block of 34th Street NE DC




From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 300 block of 34th Street NE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. At approximately 8:36 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious female. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an unconscious and unresponsive adult female. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The cause of death was found to be multiple stab wounds and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The decedent has been identified as Joni S. Rockingham, 53, of Northeast, DC. She had been reported missing on November 24, 2017, and was the subject of an active Youth and Family Services Division missing persons case. 

From WUSA-9: Police found a woman's body in an alley in Northeast DC. They suspect it's Joni Sharette Rockingham, 53, a mother of three grown children, and they think she was murdered.
It was the outcome friends and family feared the most. Rockingham walked out of her mom's house the day before Thanksgiving without her purse and disappeared.
   
Her friends and family searched and plastered missing posters her everywhere they could.
“She was a person make you laugh all the time, clown all the time,” said her sister, Trina Rockingham.
Almost three weeks after she disappeared, a neighbor spotted a woman's body next to a garbage can behind an abandoned home on 34th St. Neighbors say they searched the alley and the driveway repeatedly. They say she was not here up until now. ‘We think somebody dumped her, definitely, because she was not laying (there), said Rockingham’s friend April King.
“I just believe she put up a struggle. And I'm hoping and believing that some DNA is going to show up somewhere,” said a neighbor, Connie Dickens.
Her sister says it’s going to be a horrible Christmas. “That’s a sick person,” she said of the killer. “Because who is going to hold someone that long? Who does that?”

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shrine for Luis Ernesto Bonilla | 7100 block of Fairchild Drive, Alexandria VA

From a Fairfax County Police report: Homicide detectives this morning are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. The victim is Luis Ernesto Bonilla. Officers were on routine patrol at about 11:15 pm December 1, 2017 in the 7100 block of Fairchild Drive when they came upon a man with trauma to his upper body in a nearby wooded area. Officers attempted to provide first aid to the victim and rescue personnel responded to the scene to assist but they were unable to revive the victim. It is unknown how long he had been there. Officers immediately saturated the area, along with help from our K9 unit and helicopter unit. Officers were unable to locate any suspects, witnesses, or anyone that might have been involved in the incident.  Detectives are still in the early stages of the investigation. They will continue to work to find the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Needels at 703-246-7904

From Covering The Corridor's blog post:  Police officers on patrol found Luis Ernesto Bonilla suffering from wounds to the upper body around 11:15 p.m. last night. The location is near the Meadow Woods Apartments complex. Officers and other first responders tried to revive Bonilla at the scene but were unsuccessful...
Bonilla was found in a wooded area near the apartments, according to police, and residents of the apartments identified the crime scene as being near a picnic area at the eastern edge of the complex’s property.
Bonilla lived less than a mile from the crime scene. He attended West Potomac High School, and many former classmates took to social media Saturday to express shock at his death and share memories of his life. Friday’s homicide appears to be the first murder in the Richmond Highway area in 2017.





Descansa en paz / Rest in peace
 

Homicide site: Danjellicca Ball | 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a Homicide offense which occurred in the 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. At approximately 6:50 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital, where all life-saving efforts failed and the victim, identified as Danjellicca Ball, 25, of Hyattsville MD, was pronounced dead.

Peace to Ms. Ball and her family, and may justice be served in this tragedy.




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Shrine for an unidentified victim | 1900 block Savannah Terrace SEDC

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 Savannah Terrace SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, October 22, 2017. At approximately 8:40 pm, members of the Seventh 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 for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. During the course of the investigation, a second victim, an adult male, was located nearby and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The decedent has not been identified at this time."

I documented this memorial shrine of balloons and wine bottles at the corner of 22nd Street and Savannah Place, SE.



Peace.

Site of the passing of Juan Nelson Roberts | 900 block of Shepherd Street NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 900 block of Shepherd Street NW, Washington DC, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. At approximately 6:10 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious and unresponsive adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as Juan Nelson Roberts, 35.

These masses of yellow crime tape mark the alley where Mr Roberts lost his life.


RIP.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Instead of mourning your death we will celebrate your Life!" Street memorial to Marcus Anthony Shepherd | 100 block of Atlantic Street SW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Atlantic Street SW, Washington DC, on Saturday, September 30, 2017. At approximately 7:45 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Marcus Anthony Shepherd, 22, of Southeast, DC.

This memorial had been erected at a vigil for Mr. Shepherd the evening just prior to me documenting it. I spoke with two of his friends and one of his relatives, who were very saddened by this loss. A couple of people added their sentiments to the sign while I was at the site.

May they, and the whole community, know peace.








This memorial exists in a neighborhood I know well, where I used to mentor Dion Johnson in photography through the Streets to Skills program in the 1990's. It was especially sad to experience this.

RIP Carlos Garita-Salazar. Memorial in the 6000 block of 67th Place, Riverdale MD

From a PG police report: Homicide Unit detectives identified and charged three suspects in connection with a homicide in Riverdale, Maryland. The suspects are Carlos Cardenas-Banegas, 29, and Wilfredo Cardenas-Banegas, 24, both of Riverdale, and Kevin Soriana-Hernand, 18,  of Landover Hills. They’re charged with the murder of Carlos Garita-Salazar, 19, of Landover Hills. On September 16th, 2017, at about 1:30 am, patrol officers responded to the 6000 block of 67th Place in Riverdale for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, the officers discovered the victim inside of a car suffering from trauma to his upper body. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The motive in this case is under investigation. The three suspects are in custody and charged with first and second
degree murder. They are being held on a no-bond status.

La información en español está aquí.

His memorial is in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes.






May he rest in peace.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Memorial for DeAndre Riley, corner of Benning Road and 18th Streets NE DC

This memorial to DeAndre Riley is on the busy Benning Road corridor of Northeast DC.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 700 block of 18th Street NE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. At approximately 7:24 pm, members of the Fifth District heard the sound of gunshots and responded to the area. Upon arrival, they located an unconscious adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.The decedent has been identified as DeAndre Riley, 25, of Southeast, DC.
A brief Washington Post article adds: " the shooting occurred... in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, and that the wounded victim managed to walk several blocks before collapsing in the 700 block of 18th Street NE."




Peace. Please.