Thursday, September 2, 2010
From press and police reports: On Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at approximately 12:51 AM, units from the Sixth District were dispatched to the 2500 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located Anthony Barnes, 16, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the 2100 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE. DC EMS transported him to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The decedent is identified as Anthony Barnes, 16, of the 900 block of Nova Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD
Police say they have no suspects in the murder He was shot to death as he left a gas station mini-mart.
Family members say Anthony Barnes was trying to get away from a man who had grabbed him when he was struck by a single bullet.
Barnes was spending the night with his brother in a neighborhood near the Sousa Bridge when they decided to go out for a late night snack.
But as they entered the Sunoco Station on Pennsylvania Avenue, someone assaulted Barnes. The reason is still unclear. No arrests have been made.
On the porch of his mother’s Capitol Heights, Md. home, family members remembered a teen who loved basketball, football, music and girls. He was a good-natured kid about to enter his sophomore year at Central High School.
"He wasn't a bad kid,” said Gloria Bing, Barnes’ aunt. “[He wasn't] into drugs, guns or anything. We didn't allow that. He's into church and to hear he got shot? I can't believe it, it's heartbreaking.”
The family's account of what happened comes from witnesses who were with the teen when he was shot.
"They both wanted a snack", said Mancia Broadie, Barnes’ cousin. "They walked around to the store and a young man was tying his shoe. When the young man got up, he grabbed him, he grabbed Tony, and Tony got away from him and they started running and they started shooting at him.”
This shrine was erected in his memory in the 2100 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE.
As the brother of another shooting victim once said to me "nobody deserves this."
may all be comforted, and justice be done.
Posted by Lloyd at 8:09 PM