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.


Unknown shrine / 600 block of 51st St SE DC

This possible shrine is in the 600 block of 51st St SE, Washington DC. There have been several homicides in this area over the years, but I was unable to ascertain who, if anyone, this colorful structure calls to memory.

Shrine for Adam Edwin Barker, 2700 block Langston Pl SE DC

From a DC police report:  Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest was made in a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, Washington DC, on Monday, February 29, 2016. At approximately 4:19 pm, members of the Seventh District heard the sounds of gunshots and responded to the location. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The victim was identified as Adam Edwin Barker, 21. On Friday, March 18, 2016, Paul Swann, 24, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

This memorial to Mr. Barker is in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood of DC. Peace, seriously, peace.




Friday, March 4, 2016

Street memorial of Dante Kinard in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that resulted from a shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, Washington DC, on Friday, February 19, 2016. At approximately 9:42 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting.  Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim, identified as Dante Kinard, 21, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

I spoke briefly with some of his friends at the site. They were quiet and respectful, as evidenced by the message on the shrine "Respect the Dead."

Yes.








Birthday memorial for Delonte Jackson | Unit block of 46th St 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 Unit block of 46th Street SE, Washington DC. On Friday, March 14, 2014, at approximately 7:08 pm, police officers from the Sixth Patrol District were dispatched to the Unit block of 46th Street SE, Washington, D.C., for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds inside a vehicle located in the Unit block of 46th Street SE. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim, identified as Delonte Jackson, 30, of Southeast, Washington, DC, to a local hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. On Saturday, March 15, 2014, all lifesaving efforts failed, and the victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  

There is also information on the case at HomicideWatch.

This shrine was erected on what would have been Mr. Jackson's 32nd birthday by his mother, Hilda Jackson, his sons, and his partner, and other family members. Ms. Jackson has kept her son's memory alive, and has spoken of her son's death as a pain beyond what any mother should have to bear.

I wish her and this family every strength, comfort, peace, and blessing.






Shrine for Crystal Hamilton / 15000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge, Virginia | Honoring the service of Officer Ashley Guindon

From a Prince William Police report: On February 27, 2016, at 5:37 PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge, Virginia, for an initial report of a domestic altercation. When officers arrived on scene, they approached the front door of the home and were confronted by a suspect, later identified as the accused. The accused was armed with a firearm and opened fire, striking three county police officers who sustained critical wounds. Additional officers arrived at the residence and the accused surrendered to police without further incident. Officers also provided life-saving first aid to the wounded officers until Fire & Rescue crews could get on scene. All three officers were flown to Fairfax INOVA Hospital where one of the officers, identified as Officer Ashley Guindon, died as a result of her injuries. After securing the suspect, officers conducted a search of the home and located an adult woman, identified as Crystal Hamilton, inside deceased from gunshot related injuries. An 11-year old boy was also inside the residence at the time of the incident and fled the home at some point during the encounter. The child was not injured and will be released to the custody of other family members. The investigation revealed that the accused and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically. The wife was able to contact police; however, before officers could arrive, she was allegedly shot and killed by the accused. The remaining two officers shot during the encounter remain hospitalized at this time. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested and charged. This is Prince William County's fourth line of duty death since the department's inception in 1970 and only the second officer to be killed feloniously in the line of duty. Arrested on February 27: Ronald Williams Hamilton, 32. Charged with 1 count of capital murder of a police officer, 1 count of first degree murder, 2 counts of malicious wounding of a police officer, and 2 counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony  

Ms. Hamilton was killed in a domestic dispute, in a prosperous, quiet, well-kept neighborhood. According to reports, she had led an exemplary life.

The slain officer, Ashley Guindon, showed great promise, and was rightly honored in a large public service and display by County officials and police services.

May their memories be for a blessing, and may justice be served.

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










Demetrius Christopher Medlay - police tape in the 3100 Block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 3100 Block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. At approximately 2:50 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. Members of the DCFEMS arrived and transported the victim, identified as Demetrius Christopher Medlay, 22, to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.



Flowers for Deandre Sibblies / 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, Washington DC, on Monday, February 22, 2016. At approximately 5:38 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the call for a man down.  Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Members of the DCFEMS arrived and rendered aid on the scene.  The victim, identified as Deandre A. Sibblies, 21, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood has had many challenges. I trust wisdom and peace grow there.

There is a powerful piece in the Washington Post which shows the impact that this death has had on a family. Well worth reading. There is a deep quote near the end "Don't love The Street. The Street don't love you."

Peace.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Street memorial to Matthew Shevlin | 400 block of M Street NW 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 the fatal shooting of Matthew Shevlin, 37. On Friday, January 22, 2016, at approximately 9:52 am, members of the Third District received a call an assault in the 400 block of M Street NW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located Matthew Shevlin suffering from a gunshot wound.  D.C. Fire and Emergency Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The person of interest can be seen in this video  


There has been snow and very cold weather in our area of late. This memorial to Mr. Shevlin appears to have been larger, and was likely damaged by the elements.







Markers at 1900 Block 18th St SE DC to Maurico Walker

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in the 1900 Block of 18th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:00 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting.

Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound.  D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim, identified as Maurico Walker, 23, to a local hospital for treatment, where all lifesaving efforts failed.

The slaying occurred immediately behind the Anacostia Community Library, a block off Good Hope Road.

May there be good hope.


Memorial to Peter John, 53rd Street and Clay Terrace NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a police-involved shooting that occurred on Monday, February 1, 2016, in the area of 53rd Street and Clay Terrace NE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:05 am, an officer attempted to stop an individual, which was followed by a brief foot pursuit and struggle. During this struggle, the suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and produced a firearm. The officer then discharged his service weapon. The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene, which was later determined to be a BB gun.
The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced.

DCist has identified the victim as Peter John, 36.

May the whole community work for and experience greater peace.

Homicide marked | Phillip Christopher Yorke - 1900 block of Rochelle Avenue, District Heights, Maryland,

From a Prince George’s County Police report: The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a homicide in District Heights. The victim is Phillip Christopher Yorke, 38. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random act. On February 15, 2016, at around 4:45 pm, patrol officers were called to the 1900 block of Rochelle Avenue in District Heights, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. Officers found the victim inside of an apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound. He died a short time later at a hospital.

Justice and peace needed. A prayer.

Police tape marking the slaying of Roger Lewis Haggins: 2500 block Pomeroy Rd SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC. On Friday, January 8, 2016, at approximately 11:32 pm, members of the Seventh District located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound while responding to a call in the block. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. On January 9, 2016, the victim, identified as Roger Lewis Haggins, 30, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced.

Rest in peace.

Timon M. Jones - yellow tape, 200 block of Anacostia Road SE Washington DC

All that remains in this world.

Requiescat in pace.

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 Anacostia Road, SE, Washington DC. On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at approximately 6:18 pm., members of the Sixth District received a call for a man down in the area. Upon arrival, members located an adult male identified as Timon M. Jones, 23, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, lying on the ground. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and found no signs of life.




Thursday, December 31, 2015

Site of a triple homicide | Lakeysha Walters, Shaneka Walters, and James Gibson | 1400 block of Southern Avenue, Oxon Hill MD

This scrap of police crime tape is all that lingers as public evidence of the triple murder of Lakeysha Walters, Shaneka Walters, and James Gibson, who were slain near this site in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on November 13, 2015.

From a Washington Post article: A woman, her daughter and another man were shot in this domestic-related triple homicide. Two women and a man were fatally shot in an apartment in Oxon Hill late Friday in what was thought to be a domestic dispute, Prince George’s County police said.
Police said Clifford John Browne Jr., 34, of Capitol Heights was charged in the deaths of Lakeysha Walters, 40; her daughter Shaneka Walters, 25; and James Gibson, 45. It was not clear what the relationship was between the suspect and the three victims. Gibson’s relationship to the two women also was not immediately clear. The victims were found about 10:20 p.m. Friday in an apartment in the 1400 block of Southern Avenue, the site of the Forest Hill Apartments complex. The apartments are across from the United Medical Center on the District line.