Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shrine for Luis Ernesto Bonilla | 7100 block of Fairchild Drive, Alexandria VA

From a Fairfax County Police report: Homicide detectives this morning are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. The victim is Luis Ernesto Bonilla. Officers were on routine patrol at about 11:15 pm December 1, 2017 in the 7100 block of Fairchild Drive when they came upon a man with trauma to his upper body in a nearby wooded area. Officers attempted to provide first aid to the victim and rescue personnel responded to the scene to assist but they were unable to revive the victim. It is unknown how long he had been there. Officers immediately saturated the area, along with help from our K9 unit and helicopter unit. Officers were unable to locate any suspects, witnesses, or anyone that might have been involved in the incident.  Detectives are still in the early stages of the investigation. They will continue to work to find the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Needels at 703-246-7904

From Covering The Corridor's blog post:  Police officers on patrol found Luis Ernesto Bonilla suffering from wounds to the upper body around 11:15 p.m. last night. The location is near the Meadow Woods Apartments complex. Officers and other first responders tried to revive Bonilla at the scene but were unsuccessful...
Bonilla was found in a wooded area near the apartments, according to police, and residents of the apartments identified the crime scene as being near a picnic area at the eastern edge of the complex’s property.
Bonilla lived less than a mile from the crime scene. He attended West Potomac High School, and many former classmates took to social media Saturday to express shock at his death and share memories of his life. Friday’s homicide appears to be the first murder in the Richmond Highway area in 2017.





Descansa en paz / Rest in peace
 

Homicide site: Danjellicca Ball | 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a Homicide offense which occurred in the 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. At approximately 6:50 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital, where all life-saving efforts failed and the victim, identified as Danjellicca Ball, 25, of Hyattsville MD, was pronounced dead.

Peace to Ms. Ball and her family, and may justice be served in this tragedy.




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Shrine for an unidentified victim | 1900 block Savannah Terrace SEDC

From a DC police report: "Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1900 block of Savannah Terrace SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, October 22, 2017. At approximately 8:40 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. During the course of the investigation, a second victim, an adult male, was located nearby and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The decedent has not been identified at this time."

I documented this memorial shrine of balloons and wine bottles at the corner of 22nd Street and Savannah Place, SE.



Peace.

Site of the passing of Juan Nelson Roberts | 900 block of Shepherd Street NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 900 block of Shepherd Street NW, Washington DC, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. At approximately 6:10 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious and unresponsive adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as Juan Nelson Roberts, 35.

These masses of yellow crime tape mark the alley where Mr Roberts lost his life.


RIP.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Instead of mourning your death we will celebrate your Life!" Street memorial to Marcus Anthony Shepherd | 100 block of Atlantic Street SW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Atlantic Street SW, Washington DC, on Saturday, September 30, 2017. At approximately 7:45 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Marcus Anthony Shepherd, 22, of Southeast, DC.

This memorial had been erected at a vigil for Mr. Shepherd the evening just prior to me documenting it. I spoke with two of his friends and one of his relatives, who were very saddened by this loss. A couple of people added their sentiments to the sign while I was at the site.

May they, and the whole community, know peace.








This memorial exists in a neighborhood I know well, where I used to mentor Dion Johnson in photography through the Streets to Skills program in the 1990's. It was especially sad to experience this.

RIP Carlos Garita-Salazar. Memorial in the 6000 block of 67th Place, Riverdale MD

From a PG police report: Homicide Unit detectives identified and charged three suspects in connection with a homicide in Riverdale, Maryland. The suspects are Carlos Cardenas-Banegas, 29, and Wilfredo Cardenas-Banegas, 24, both of Riverdale, and Kevin Soriana-Hernand, 18,  of Landover Hills. They’re charged with the murder of Carlos Garita-Salazar, 19, of Landover Hills. On September 16th, 2017, at about 1:30 am, patrol officers responded to the 6000 block of 67th Place in Riverdale for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, the officers discovered the victim inside of a car suffering from trauma to his upper body. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The motive in this case is under investigation. The three suspects are in custody and charged with first and second
degree murder. They are being held on a no-bond status.

La información en español está aquí.

His memorial is in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes.






May he rest in peace.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Memorial for DeAndre Riley, corner of Benning Road and 18th Streets NE DC

This memorial to DeAndre Riley is on the busy Benning Road corridor of Northeast DC.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 700 block of 18th Street NE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. At approximately 7:24 pm, members of the Fifth District heard the sound of gunshots and responded to the area. Upon arrival, they located an unconscious adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.The decedent has been identified as DeAndre Riley, 25, of Southeast, DC.
A brief Washington Post article adds: " the shooting occurred... in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, and that the wounded victim managed to walk several blocks before collapsing in the 700 block of 18th Street NE."




Peace. Please.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jesus Wept. The shrine for Cesar Bazan in the 5500 block of 54th Avenue, Riverdale Park MD

From a Prince George’s County Police Department report: Homicide Unit detectives identified and charged three suspects in connection with a homicide in Riverdale Park, Maryland, late last month. The suspects are Marquise Dinkins, 19, of Washington DC, Stephen Strand, 21, of Chillum, MD, and Charles Howard Davis, 30, of  Bladensburg, MD.

They are all charged with first and second degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of  Cesar Bazan, 26, of Landover Hills, MD.

On July 26th, 2017, at about 8:30 pm, patrol officers with the Riverdale Park Police Department responded to the 5500 block of 54th Avenue for a shooting. When they arrived, the officers discovered Bazan outside suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspects and victim got into an argument before the shooting.

May G-d have mercy, and foster justice and peace.



Friday, August 18, 2017

Holding Court. Memorial for Kenneth Ronald Davis Jr. | 2000 block of 16th Street SE DC

From a DC Police report and the Washington Post: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of W Street SE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. At approximately 1:00 am, Seventh District officers responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from life threatening gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Kenneth Ronald Davis Jr., 22, of Southeast, DC.
 The shooting occurred in front of a church just off Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, according to police. Police said the victim apparently ran several blocks and collapsed in a small field at Green and Galen Streets SE.

According to reporter John Muller, Mr. Davis often held court in a beach chair in the 2000 block of 16th Street SE, near the site of his demise. His friends and loved ones have created a fitting memorial to him at his favorite spot, incorporating elements of his life.








Police tape at the site of Juan Carlos Osorio-Herrera's death. 4800 block of 5th Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 4800 block of Kansas Avenue NW, Washington DC, on Sunday, July 30, 2017. At approximately 2:00 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the area for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, they discovered two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims was discovered in the 4800 block of Kansas Avenue, Northwest, unconscious, but breathing. He was transported to an area hospital in grave condition. The second victim, Juan Carlos Osorio-Herrera, 24, was discovered in the 4800 block of 5th Street Northwest, unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and EMS found no signs consistent with life and pronounced him dead.

Shrine in memory of Dante McNeil. U Street SE near the corner of the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue, SE

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred alongside of the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue SE Washington DC, on Monday, August 14, 2017.
 At approximately 12:30 pm, Seventh District officers responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male inside of a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene. The victim displayed no signs consistent with life and was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as Dante McNeil, 31, of Southeast, DC.


According to a a Facebook account by reporter John Muller, Mr. McNeil's loved ones and friends have added candles and other material to this shrine in his memory.

Crime. Site of the slaying of Jamahri Syndor | 1400 block of Saratoga Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide offense that occurred in the 1400 block of Saratoga Avenue NE, Washington DC,, on Thursday, August 10, 2017. At approximately 3:32 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. A juvenile female was also located, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported both victims to area hospitals. The juvenile female was admitted in grave condition. On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the juvenile female succumbed to her injuries and has been pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Jamahri Sydnor, 17, of Northeast, DC.
On Thursday, August 10, 2017, a 21-year-old Adult Male, of Northeast DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Kill (Gun). Appropriate upgraded charges are pending against the defendant.

From all accounts, Ms. Syndor was an admirable young woman with a bright future. It appears she was slain by a stray bullet. This is a very tragic situation. May she and her family know peace, and may justice be served.

There is considerably more information on this situation in the Washington Post.


Yellow tape: Jarvis Bell, 3400 block of 18th Street NE DC

This crime scene tape is at the site where Jarvis Bell lost his life on August 3, 2017.
From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 3400 block of 18th Street, NE, Washington DC,  on Thursday, August 3, 2017. At approximately 7:40 pm, Fifth District officers responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located four adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. The first victim sustained life threatening gunshot wounds and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The other three victims sought treatment at area hospitals for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The decedent has been identified as Jarvis Belle, 29, of Northeast, DC.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Candles for Victor Williams | Anacostia River Trail DC

From a DC police report: 3300 block East Capitol St SE Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on the Anacostia River Trail, south of the 3300 block of East Capitol Street SE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. At approximately 8:30 am, members of the Sixth District were dispatched to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arriving on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene. The victim displayed no signs consistent with life and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Victor Williams, 37, of Southeast DC.

These burned candles from a vigil were located in the middle of this ordinarily tranquil park trail along the Anacostia River.

May it return to tranquility soon, and evermore.

Shrine in the 1000 block of 17th Place NE DC

From Popville: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of 17th Street, Northeast, on Thursday, July 21, 2017.
At approximately 10:51 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the rear alley of the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arriving on the scene, members located an unconscious and unresponsive adult male victim. The victim was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Marcus Stephens, 26, of Oxon Hill (information from MPD).

While looking for a possible memorial for Mr. Stephens, I found this older shrine a half-block away in the 1000 block of 17th Place NE, Washington DC. It is probably an older creation. I am happy to post updated information should anyone have it.

According to the Washington Post, Jerome T. Marshall, then 17, was slain at this location in 2004.

Rodney Taylor, 26, was also slain at 17th Place  & L NE in August, 1994. An extensive and moving Washington Post article on this sad event can be read here:

In any event, peace peace peace.



Shameka Delephine Jones - police tape in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE, Washington DC, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. At approximately 8:16 am, members of the Seventh District were dispatched to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arriving on the scene, members located an adult female, inside of a residence, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded and found no signs consistent with life and the victim was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as Shameka Delephine Jones, 32, of Southeast DC. On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Ronald Randolph, Jr., 40, of Southeast DC was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

More on this situation on WJLA.


Police tape for Leonte Cox in the 1600 block of R Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal stabbing that occurred in the 1600 block of R Street SE, Washington DC, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. At approximately 9:06 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of an Aggravated Assault. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. On June 26, 2017, at approximately 3:01 am, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Leonte Cox, 23, of Southeast DC. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant,  Kimberly Shaw, 35, of Southeast DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

This site is less than one block from the main entrance of Anacostia High School.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Dominic Brooks memorial / 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC, on Friday, June 9, 2017. At approximately 1:27 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a stab wound. The victim was unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Dominic Brooks, 29, of Southeast, DC.

This memorial to Mr. Brooks is at the entrance to a military veterans facility.

Peace to all. Peace.

Police tape at the site of the passing of Carlos Sanchez-Cabrera : 8200 block of 14th Avenue in Langley Park, MD

From a Prince Georges Police report: The Homicide Unit arrested and charged two suspects for a recent fatal shooting in Langley Park, Maryland. They are Oscar Choc 27, and 34-year-old Julio Murillo, 34. They’re charged with fatally shooting Carlos Sanchez-Cabrera, 22, of Langley Park. On June 2nd, 2017, at about 10:50 pm, patrol officers responded to the 8200 block of 14th Avenue in Langley Park for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers found the victim outside suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The preliminary investigation reveals the motive appears to be an on-going dispute between the suspects and victim. Both suspects are charged with first and second degree murder.

Paz y justicia

Flowers left in dignity for Malik Hill. 2700 block of Langston Place, SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Langston Place, SE, Washington DC, on Friday, June 16, 2017. At approximately 10:43 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located two adult males and a juvenile male, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victims to area hospitals. The first victim, an adult male, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The second and third victims remain in stable condition. The decedent has been identified as Malik Hill, 25, of Southeast, DC.

I spoke to a family friend, Elaine, at the site in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood. She said Malik "was a gentleman," always helpful, and that it was very sad that he never got a chance to be a husband and father.

She pointed out these flowers left at his family residence, but noted that his family didn't build a "makeshift" because he wasn't the type to drink liquor and carouse. At his heavily-attended funeral, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayvon White spoke in testimony of his life.



Street tag and a balloon in memory of Robin Fitzgerald | 700 block of 51st Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting that occurred in the 700 block of 51st Street NE, Washington DC on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. At approximately 12:12 am, DC Fire and EMS personnel requested MPD members to respond to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival of emergency personnel, a female victim was located inside of a residence, at the listed location, and found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS subsequently transported the victim to an area hospital where the victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Robin Fitzgerald, 41, of Northeast, DC.

This memorial is at the end of a short street just off Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE in Washington DC. There was a picnic table and chairs at this quiet site.