Saturday, December 13, 2014

RIP Cheeze. Shrine to Antonio Ward, 5000 block of Just Street NE

From a 2009 DC police report: On Saturday, September 12, 2009, at approximately 9:27 pm, Antonio Benard Ward was shot and killed on the 5000 block of Just Street, NE, Washington DC. The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in gathering information regarding this incident.

There is some more information on Mr. Ward at  and Myspace.

I encountered this older memorial while searching for a possible new shrine from a recent homicide in the same block.

Fly to Peace | Latroia Renee Smith's shrine, 2700 block of Langston Place SE DC

From a DC police report: On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at approximately 4:56 am, DC Fire and EMS responded to a call for a fire in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, Washington, DC. Upon arrival, they located a deceased female, who has been identified as Latroia Renee Smith, 26. The investigation revealed that the decedent sustained gunshot wounds and burns.

According to WJLA, Smith was a mother of three boys, and leaves behind her own grieving mother.

Yitgadal, vyitgadash, shema rabah. May they experience mercy and peace.

"Brenden's Path" - Memorial to Brenden Michael Wilson, Woodbridge, VA

From a Prince William County police report:  On November 10, 2014, at 4:28 pm, officers responded to the 12500 block of Oakwood Dr in Woodbridge, Virginia to investigate a reported shooting. Officers arrived in the area and located the victim on a pathway between the Woodbridge Senior High School and adjoining neighborhood. The victim, identified as a 16 year old male juvenile who attends Woodbridge Senior High School, sustained gunshot related injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. It was revealed that the shooting was drug related and that all parties were known to one another. The victim was identified as Brenden Michael Wilson, 16, of Woodbridge . A 17 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge and a 16 year old female juvenile of Woodbridge were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.

Considerably more information about this case can be found  in a Washington Post article, and other press accounts.

This was among the largest memorials I have encountered in the past dozen years. It is on a path immediately adjacent to the high school he attended. Obviously Mr. Wilson's loss had a powerful affect on his family and community. I wish them all peace and healing.

Bears and hearts | Memorial for Devon Dominique Parker, 1400 block of Howard Road SE DC

From a DC police report: On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at approximately 1:30 pm, members from the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 1400 block of Howard Road SE, Washington DC.  Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Devon Dominique Parker, 19, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

This memorial has been maintained in Mr. Parker's memory.

More information on HomicideWatch.

Police tape in the wind for an infant, RIP Raj’saun Tyrik Brown. 1700 block of Trenton Street SE DC

From a DC police report: On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at approximately 9:40 am, officers from the Seventh District responded to a call for an unconscious child in the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an unconscious infant male. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Raj’saun Tyrik Brown, one month old, to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia determined that the decedent suffered multiple blunt force impact injuries and the death was ruled a homicide. On Thursday, November 13, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Tyrik Lamont Brown, 19, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Murder in connection to the homicide of Raj’saun Tyrik Brown. 

This one made me deeply sad. Prayers to whatever heavens there may be. Mercy on this child's innocent soul, and may justice be served.

More information on HomicideWatch.