Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Several shrines to Maurice Antoine Smith, 33, and another victim "Joe Rock," 17, and perhaps others, are scattered over a leafy courtyard area in the Barry Farm housing project, adjacent to the 1200 block of Eaton Road SE, Washington, DC.
I am uncertain which shrines are for which murder victim, and the certainty of the victims' names at all. There are five shrines within clear sight of one another, and another one for "Chuck" just half a block away (see the next blog post), and two others, for Thomas Short (see above blog post) and William Lee Boney Jr. (see the post on this blog from July 23, 2009) no more than a block from this mass of memorials.
From DC police reports:
At approximately 2:07 am on Thursday, July 23, 2009, officers from the 7th District responded to the rear of the 1200 block of Eaton Road, SE, for the report of an unconscious person at that location. Upon arrival, officers located a male subject suffering from apparent multiple gunshot wounds. Personnel from the DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene, but were unable to find any signs consistent with life. That victim was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for DC. He has been identified as 33-year-old Maurice Antoine Smith of the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE.
Numerous children were playing amidst these starkly visible signs of violence and carnage.
UPDATE: Shrines that are being maintained for "Joe Rock," who was killed in 2007 at the age of seventeen. Photographed January 18, 2010.
update for Maurice Smith - November 11, 2010