Tuesday, May 13, 2008
From the Washington Post: Metro section page B2 5/6/08
"Tory Wilcher, 30, was killed April 2 2008. Hours before his death, Wilcher cashed a check for plumbing work worth about $1000, and then flashed hundreds of dollars at a neighborhood dice game. Police said an argument erupted over money, and Wilcher got into a scrape with 18-year old Vincent Mills Jr. of Hyattsville [MD]. Wilcher of SE [DC], was shot in the head. His body was found about 10 PM in the 800 block of 19th St [NE]. His pockets were turned inside out, and his money was gone. Mills was arrested April 27 and charged with second-degree murder."
I spoke at length with an older neighbor, Cheryl. She was involved in the shrine-building vigil. She said Wilcher had one child, and another was on the way. Cheryl was raised on the block and said it used to be safe. Now, her grandkids and grandnieces etc., are afraid to play outside. She is scared for the safety of her son, who is a DC police officer. It's a dangerous job. "He's a good son" she said.
Greed. Violence. Another flimsy heart-rending shrine.
Posted by Lloyd at 9:33 PM