Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bottle shrine for Mr. Hubert Hunter, Marvin Gaye Park NE

From a DC police report: On Thursday April 10, 2014, at approximately 6:49 pm, police officers from the Sixth District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival in the 500 block of Division Avenue NE, Washington DC, , they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent, identified as Hubert Hunter, 24, was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

This bottle memorial is in Marvin Gaye Park, just off Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. I spoke with some men there who knew the deceased. They were surprised that there were no plush toys or flowers, and speculated that the city would likely soon remove this memorial, as it is in a public park.  

In any case, may Mr. Hunter rest in peace.

There is more and ongoing information on this situation on HomicideWatch.

Sports memorial, 600 block of Audrey Lane, Oxon Hill, MD.

From a Prince George's County (MD) police report: "The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a homicide in Oxon Hill. The victim is identified as Vincent Toussaunt Kyler, 35, of Accokeek. On April 2, 2014, at about 5:15 pm, patrol officers were called to the 600 block of Audrey Lane for a shooting.  When they arrived, they found Kyler suffering from apparent gunshot wounds inside a car.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.
On April 4, 2014, The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested a suspect for the murder of Vincent Kyler. The suspect is identified as Odell Quarles III, 24, of Oxon Hill. Detectives believe the motive is drug-related. Quarles faces first degree murder and related charges. He remains in custody at the Department of Corrections."

This memorial, including sports-related plush toys, is in a median strip, not far from the DC/MD border.

Please see the comment below, as to whom this memorial appears to have been built for.

To justice, and to peace...