Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This shrine is in the 800 block of Hamilton Street NW, Washington DC. It is on a busy intersection across from a school.
The crime was reported on August 31, 2009 about 6:26 PM. Police responded to a shooting report and found
Michael Harris dead in the alley behind the 900 block of Hamilton Street. Three other men were shot in this incident, but were expected to survive their wounds. The crime scene tape with the flowers is at the site of the killing; the shrine is about a block away in a highly visible setting.
A neighbor I spoke with, an older reformed drug dealer, felt the killings in the area were all about drugs and money, though he also believed that sometimes innocents get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. He insisted "I'll tell you straight up man, all this is the work of greed - and of the Devil."
Update: This new material- the red plush toy and ballons - was placed recently at the shrine site. I documented it January 7, 2010.