Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bottle shrine for Mr. Hubert Hunter, Marvin Gaye Park NE


From a DC police report: On Thursday April 10, 2014, at approximately 6:49 pm, police officers from the Sixth District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival in the 500 block of Division Avenue NE, Washington DC, , they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent, identified as Hubert Hunter, 24, was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

This bottle memorial is in Marvin Gaye Park, just off Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. I spoke with some men there who knew the deceased. They were surprised that there were no plush toys or flowers, and speculated that the city would likely soon remove this memorial, as it is in a public park.  

In any case, may Mr. Hunter rest in peace.

There is more and ongoing information on this situation on HomicideWatch.

Sports memorial to Vincent Toussaunt Kyler, 600 block of Audrey Lane, Oxon Hill, MD.



From a Prince George's County (MD) police report: "The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a homicide in Oxon Hill. The victim is identified as Vincent Toussaunt Kyler, 35, of Accokeek. On April 2, 2014, at about 5:15 pm, patrol officers were called to the 600 block of Audrey Lane for a shooting.  When they arrived, they found Kyler suffering from apparent gunshot wounds inside a car.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.
On April 4, 2014, The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested a suspect for the murder of Vincent Kyler. The suspect is identified as Odell Quarles III, 24, of Oxon Hill. Detectives believe the motive is drug-related. Quarles faces first degree murder and related charges. He remains in custody at the Department of Corrections."

This memorial, including sports-related plush toys, is in a median strip, not far from the DC/MD border.

To justice, and to peace...


Friday, March 21, 2014

Night view of a shrine for Kevin Marzell Leonard, 4500 block of East Capitol Street NE


From a DC police report: On Saturday, March 15, 2014, at approximately 6:08 pm, police officers from the Sixth Patrol District were dispatched to the area of East Capitol Street and Benning Road, NE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the 4500 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim,identified as Kevin Marzell Leonard, 20, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

This shrine of balloons and a rose is at the corner of Benning Road and East Capitol Street, adjacent to the Shrimp Boat, a well-known local landmark. There have been several slayings near this corner in recent times.

This public street memorial was created by a group of friends, community leaders, and family in a candlelight vigil in Mr. Leonard's memory.


There is ongoing information on this case on HomicideWatch.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Gone to soon" shrine to Jonathon Adams, 4300 block of Halley Terrace SE, DC.

From a DC police report: On Thursday, February 27, 2014, at approximately 5:14 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for the report of a man down in the 4300 block of Halley Terrace SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male, identified as Jonathon Adams, 17, suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and transported him to a local hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

I found the expressions of this young man's friends and family very moving and powerful.

May they continue to support one another, as a living community.







There is more information about young Mr. Adam's case at HomicideWatch.


Double homicide | Khalid and Emmanuel Bryant, 5000 block of Lee Street NE, DC

From a DC police report: On Friday, February 28, 2014, at approximately 7:45 pm, police officers from the Sixth District responded to a call for a report of a shooting in the 5000 block of Lee Street NE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The first shooting victim, identified as Khalid Jamal Bryant, 34, exhibited no signs consistent with life and remained on the scene. DC Fire and EMS transported the second shooting victim, identified as Emmanuel Bryant, 26, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland, where an autopsy will be performed to ascertain cause and manner of death.

There have been two double homicides in the District in the past couple of weeks.

This shrine of candles, flowers, libations, and teddy bears, was next to a church near the home they were slain in.

Rest in peace, both the dead and the living.





There is more information about them at Homicide Watch.

 


Site/crime scene tape for Marquette Hooks, 1300 block of Alabama Avenue SE, DC

From a DC police report: On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at approximately 9:16 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS  arrived on the scene and transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment. One of the victims, identified as Marquette Hooks, 18, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

This tape marking the site of his death was outside a boarded-up building across from a Metro station.

More information about Mr. Hooks' case can be found at HomicideWatch.

Monday, February 10, 2014

"There are no words" - Street memorial for Ruthanne Lodato. Alexandria, Virginia

From an Alexandria VA police report: On February 6, 2014, at approximately 11:35 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Ridge Road, Alexandria Virginia, for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located two adult female victims inside a residence. The victims were transported to local hospitals. One victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The other victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. She had been identified as Ruthanne Lodato, 59, Alexandria resident. Initial investigation indicates the suspect knocked on the door of the residence and shot the two victims when they answered the door. The suspect then fled. He is described as an older white male, balding with gray hair and a full beard. Police continued to search for the suspect. A preliminary search caused the lockdown of several Alexandria City Public schools.

Ms. Lodato was a long-time beloved music teacher in the area. Her students, family, and the community have been shocked and grieved by her loss.

Alexandria Police are investigating the possibility that this homicide may be related to two other unsolved slayings in the city.





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


Let there be sung a psalm for peace.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Shrine for Marcus Minor, 1300 block Stevens Road SE, Washington DC. Barry Farms.

From a DC Police report: On Friday, January 24, 2014, at approximately 2:42 pm, members from the Seventh District responded to a call for a report of sounds of gunshots in the 1300 block of Stevens Road SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male, identified as Marcus Minor, 21, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS determined that there were no signs consistent with life. 






Many people have lost their lives to violence in the Barry Farms neighborhood. I continue to pray for justice, wisdom, and especially, peace for the community, and healing for the families who have lost loved ones this way.

More on Mr. Minor's case can be followed on HomicideWatch.

V-Neck's Last Order. "Da Hood Out" Misses Your Smile. Street memorial to Vincent Purvis, 600 block Yuma Street SE, Washington DC

From a DC Police report: On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at approximately 3:29 pm, members from the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 600 block of Yuma Street SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Vincent Purvis, 20, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On January 25, 2014, at approximately 7:50 am Robert Osborne, 41, was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged with Second Degree Murder.







This vibrant shrine is across the street from the Ferrebee-Hope Community Center.

More information on young Mr. Purvis's case can be found on HomicideWatch.

Site of passage: Oluremi Thomas and Keyonna Proctor - 700 block of Girard Street NW, Washington DC

From a DC Police report: On Monday, January 20, 2014, at approximately 10:56 pm, police officers from the Third District responded to a call for the report of an unconscious person in the 700 block of Girard Street NW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male and an adult female suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Neither victim exhibited any signs consistent with life. The male victim has been identified as Oluremi Thomas, 36. The female victim has been identified as Keyonna Proctor, 24.

The police crime tape to the victims of this double murder was in a quiet snow-filled alley not far from Howard University.



More information on their case can be found on HomicideWatch.

Peace.

Site of passage: George Hartzog - 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, Washington DC

From a DC Police report: On Friday, January 24, 2014, at approximately 9:31 am, members from the Sixth District responded to a call for a report of a shooting in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent, George Edward Hartzog, 24, remained on the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, pending an autopsy. 

These shoes, recently tossed over utility wires, may be a memorial for Mr. Hartzog.


May he rest in peace, and his loved ones find comfort and justice.

More information on this case is at HomicideWatch.

Teddy bears in the snow. Memorial for Deangelo Gatling, 24th Street SE, Washington DC

From a DC Police report: On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at approximately 2:06 pm, members from the Seventh District responded to a call for the report of a shooting in the 2300 block of 24th Street, SE, Washington DC. Upon their arrival, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Deangelo Gatling, 18, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 



More on Mr. Gatling's case is at HomicideWatch.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shrine in the snow, in memory of Norell and Zyana Harris | Exorcism homicide, Germantown Maryland


From Montgomery County Maryland police reports: Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have charged a 28-year-old woman with murder in the deaths of two of her children. On Friday, January 17, 2014, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive in Germantown, Maryland, where they discovered four children that had been assaulted. Two of the children were pronounced deceased on the scene and the other two were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. In addition, a 21-year-old woman was transported to a hospital for medical treatment. The children’s mother was on the scene but was uninjured.
Detectives have now charged the children’s mother with two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. She is identified as Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28.  She was taken to police headquarters from the scene where she was interviewed and subsequently charged. She is currently being held without bond. Detectives also arrested Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, of the  same address in Germantown after she was released from the hospital. Sanford has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. She is being held without bond.
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled today that both Norell Harris, age 1, and Zyana Harris, age 2, suffered multiple stab wounds and both deaths have been classified as homicide.  Taniya Harris, age 5, and Martello Harris, age 8, remain hospitalized.

Investigators have learned that the two defendants believed that they were performing an exorcism.






“Cases like this are heartbreaking” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims along with the 911 operators, police officers, evidence technicians, and fire and EMS personnel that responded.”

There is considerably more information on this deeply shocking case in the Washington Post.

Candles in the snow...

And a prayer for mercy and justice in this world.