Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Street shrine for Bryant Brooks | 400 block of Winslow Road, Oxon Hill MD





From a Prince Georges County Police report: On September 30, 2019, at approximately 10:40 pm, patrol officers responded to the 400 block of Winslow Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. Officers discovered the victim, Bryant Brooks, 19, outside suffering from gunshot wounds. Brooks was pronounced dead on the scene. Homicide Unit detectives identified and arrested two males in connection with the fatal shooting. They are identified as Roger Beckwith Jr., 20, of Baltimore and Mark Lechoco, 15, of Fort Washington. Lechoco is charged as an adult in this case. The preliminary investigation reveals Lechoco arranged an illegal drug transaction with the victim. During that transaction, Beckwith shot the victim during an attempted robbery.

Yellow police tape near the area of DeAndre Person's slaying | 3600 block of Jay Street NE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, September 7, 2019, in the 3600 block of Jay Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:22 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members canvased the area and located an adult male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as DeAndre Person, 19, of Northeast DC.

Memorial to Kalin Louis Middleton | 900 block of Division Avenue NE


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, in the 900 block of Division Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:49 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members were advised that two adult male victims arrived at an area hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. After all lifesaving efforts failed, one of the victims was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as Kalin Louis Middleton, 28, of Seat Pleasant, Maryland.

This shrine is in the very same location as that of Dominic Robinson's shrine, who was slain in this block earlier this year, on July 19, 2019.

 A prayer for peace.

Site of the slaying of Kevin Better | police tape in the 5200 block of Sheriff Road NE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in the 5200 block of Sheriff Road NE, Washington DC. At approximately 7:56 pm, members of the Sixth District heard the sounds of gunshots at the listed location and responded to the area. 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 of life threatening injuries. On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Kevin Better, 24, of Southeast DC

Shrine in memory of Lamont Munden | unit block of 35th Street NE DC







From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, September 15, 2019, in the unit block of 35th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:59 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers 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 for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Lamont Munden, 20, of Southeast DC.

Street memorial in memory of Marquette Harris | 200 block of P Street SW DC




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in the 200 block of P Street SW, Washington DC. At approximately 8:11 pm, members of the First 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 found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Marquette Harris, 27, of Southwest DC.

I spoke with a neighbor who had known Mr. Harris well. He remarked that he "was one of the good ones."

Memorial to Kevin Givens | 3700 block of First Street SE DC

This street shrine is in the 3700 block of First Street SE, Washington DC, near the home of Kevin Givens, who was slain in Suitland, Maryland. 
I briefly spoke to his father and expressed my condolences for his great loss.





From a Prince Georges County Maryland police report: On April 10th, 2019 at approximately 6:50 pm, patrol officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Ryan Drive, Suitland, Maryland. When they arrived, the officers located the victim inside of the car suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim is Kevin Givens, 23, of Southeast Washington.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Memorial for Vincent Carter | 1300 block Columbia Road NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Thursday, September 19, 2019, in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW, Washington DC

At approximately 10:01 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, officers located five adult male victims and one adult female victim, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported five of the victims to local hospitals for treatment. One of the adult male victims, identified as Vincent Carter, 21, of Southeast DC, displayed no signs consistent with life.
 






This homicide has caused great sadness and disruption in the Columbia Heights Village community.


This memorial is directly across a small alleyway from a memorial to Dawud Debrulk, who was skilled in this same block in March 2019.

When I spoke to a young woman at the sites and wished her and the neighborhood peace, she responded, "we don't get any peace around here."


Monday, September 9, 2019

In honor and memory of Domonique Franklin | shrine in the 200 block of M Street SW DC


From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, August 30, 2019, in the 200 block of M Street SW, Washington DC. At approximately 8:34 am, members of the First District and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile male inside of a residence, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Domonique Franklin, 16, of Southeast, DC.

I was alerted to this shrine by young Mr. Franklin's godmother, Ms. Charlene Williams.
I wish every comfort and peace to his entire family. May his name ever be for a blessing.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Memorial for Mr. Trayvon Wood | 4400 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 on Saturday, October 27, 2018, in the 4400 block of Douglas Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:17 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sound of multiple gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services were summoned to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A second victim sought treatment at an area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The decedent has been identified as 19 year-old Trayvon Wood, of Southeast DC.


I encountered this shrine while investigating a possible shrine for Corey Wells, who was slain in this block on August 18, 2019.

May every heart in this community know safety and peace.

Shrine for Corey Wells | 1500 block of 45th Street NE DC




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, August 18, 2019, in the 1500 block of 45th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:00 pm, members of the Sixth 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 a gunshot wound. 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 lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. Two additional adult victims were located on the scene suffering from non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Corey Wells, 40, of Capital Heights, MD.

It is possible that this shrine is for Alonzo Hines, who was slain about a block away from thsi site on August 14, 2019.

May this neighborhood and all the loved ones know peace.

William Roland's shrine | 1500 block of 18th Street SE DC








From a DC Police reportAt approximately 3:05 am on Saturday August 17th, 2019,  members of the Sixth District responded to the 1700 block of Q Street, Southeast for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of 18th Street, Southeast. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Despite all life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as William Roland, 28, of Southeast, DC.

This extensive memorial is adjacent to Kramer Middle School.

Peace to all.

Street shrine in memory of Devin Dwayne Smith / 1900 block 16th St SE

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday, August 12, 2019, in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, Washington DC.. At approximately 8:25 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the 2400 block of Elvans Road, Southeast, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim 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 of life-threatening injuries. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as  Devin Dwayne Smith, 20, of Southeast, DC.

Though Mr. Smith lost his life on Elvans Road, his memorial has been erected in a neighborhood he loved and frequented near 16th and U Streets SE, in old Anacostia. I spoke to his older brother at the site, and passed on my wishes for peace and healing to his family.


Thank you to reporter and historian John Muller for alerting me to the site of this memorial.

Margery Magill's memorial | 400 block of Irving Street NW DC





From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, in the 400 block of Irving Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 8:49 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult female victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Margery Magill, 27, of Northwest, DC.
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019,  Eliyas Aregahegne, 24, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed.

May she rest in peace, and her memory be for a blessing.

A detailed article on this sad situation is in the Washington Post.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Memorial for Karon Brown, eleven years old / 2700 block of Naylor Road SE DC / Salaam aleikum


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in the 2700 block of Naylor Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 6:57 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. While investigating, MPD was notified that a juvenile male, suffering from a gunshot wound, was taken to a Prince George’s County Fire Department Fire Station. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Karon Brown, 11, of Southeast DC.

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, Tony Antoine McClam, 29, of Southeast DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

There has been quite a lot of press regarding the loss of this boy's life. His funeral was heavily attended, and both the Mayor and Police Chief made statements regarding the situation, according to the Washington Post.

The man pictured is the child's grandfather, who was praying when I got there, and keeping a dignified vigil over the memorial. We spoke for a while, but there are no words adequate to understand or simply heal a loss of this nature.  Salaam aleikum. May peace be with you sir, and with all your family.