Saturday, October 6, 2018

Flowers and a prayer for Wendy Karina Martinez | memorial in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made regarding a fatal stabbing that occurred on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 7:56 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Wendy Karina Martinez, 35 of Northwest DC, was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Anthony Crawford, 23, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

This brutal attack occurred at the at corner of P and 11th streets NW, near Logan Circle. Her friends gathered for a vigil in Martinez’s memory near the site where she was slain.

There is much more about this sad situation in a Washington Post article.

May Ms. Martinez's memory be for a blessing.








"When They Speak on You They Gonna Speak On Your Pain" - street shrine for Abdual Giles | 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday, September 10, 2018, in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:08 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 transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Abdual Giles, 23, of no fixed address, was pronounced dead.

"When They Speak on You They Gonna Speak On Your Pain"

RIP.




BVT's Angel. T-shirt Memorial for Dwayne Jackson | 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, September 23, 2018, in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace SE, Washington DC. At approximately 12:17 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location due to the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. A second victim sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The decedent has been identified as Dwayne Jackson, 45, of Oxon Hill, MD.

"Rest in Peace Dirty We All We Got"

BVT is Buena Vista Terrace.

Street memorial for Mr. Henry Isaacs in the 1600 block of U Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in the 1600 block of U Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:20 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of sounds of gunshots.  Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Henry Isaacs, 28, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

I spoke with Mr. Isaacs' godmother at the site of the memorial. She said he had no kids, and was a hard-working young man. This neighborhood has been particularly hard hit by the recent upsurge in violence in the city.  I wish her, the family, and all the community peace, and that justice is served in this young man's case.







Memorial for TaQuan Pinkney | 2800 block of Stanton Road SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, September 9, 2018, in the 2800 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:13 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 transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as TaQuan Pinkney, 18, of Southeast DC.

There is considerably more on this case in a Washington Post article. Mr. Pinkney was shot down in his prime, and seemed headed for a vibrant successful life. May he rest in peace.


Street shrine for Terrell Butler in the 5100 block of F Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Friday, September 21, 2018, in the 5100 block of F Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:41 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location due to the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A second victim was also located at the listed location suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the second victim to a local hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Terrell Butler, 41, of Northeast DC.

Justice & peace. A prayer.








Friday, August 31, 2018

Prayers, flowers, and libations for Piera Sterling Barbour | 600 block of 46th Place SE DC

Verses from the Q'uran, flowers, bottles from libations in honor of Mr. Barbour.

A neighbor told me that he leaves behind a son.

Peace be upon them all.




From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, August 26, 2018, in the 600 block of 46th Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:53 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Piera Sterling Barbour, 28, of Suitland, MD.

Shrine for Andre Hakim Young | 1500 block of 19th Street SE DC

This memorial to Mr. Young is about 100 feet from another memorial in this same block, marking a  woman's death there just last month.

Peace, peace to all.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday, July 30, 2018, in the 1500 block of 19th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:49 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. Further investigation revealed a second adult male suffered a gunshot wound as a result of this shooting. He was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Andre Hakim Young, 47, of District Heights, MD.



All red memorial for Keith Douglas | 3900 block of Southern Avenue SE DC




From a DC police report and NBC Washington: On Sunday, August 19, 2018, at approximately 1:32 am, Mr. Keith Douglas was shot and killed in the 3900 block of Southern Avenue, SE, Washington DC. The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in gathering information about this homicide. Police were flagged down about 1:30 a.m. and responded to a shooting in the 3900 block of Southern Avenue SE. Police say they found a man who had been shot multiple times. He was unconscious and unresponsive, police say. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

All red, in honor of Mr. Douglas. RIP

Police tape and razor wire: Franklin Byers, 500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE DC

This police crime scene tape was near the entrance of a small shopping center just off Rhode Island Avenue NE.


From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in the 500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:35 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from a stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The investigation at the scene determined the offense took place in the 500 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast. The decedent has been identified as Franklin Byers, 35, of no fixed address.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Memorial for the life of Makiyah Wilson, ten years old, unjustly slain | 300 block of 53rd Street NE DC

This large memorial is for a child, Makiyah Wilson, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in her Clay Terrace neighborhood. She was on her way to buy popsicles from an ice cream truck when she was gunned down.

This exceptionally large shrine to her memory is built in front of her home, where she lived and died. There are several small markers and memorials throughout the courtyard.

May her memory ever be for a blessing, and serve to remind us of the terrible cost of violence.
Peace peace peace. Stop the killing.

From a DC Police Report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects and a vehicle in connection to a homicide that occurred on Monday, July 16, 2018, in the 300 block of 53rd Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:00 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile female, an adult female, and an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victims to area hospitals. After all life-saving efforts failed, the juvenile female victim, identified as Makiyah Wilson, 10, of Northeast DC, was pronounced dead. Two other adult male victims sought treatment at an area hospital for gunshot wounds.
The suspects’ vehicle is described as a black Infinti four door sedan, with the rear bumper missing.

There is a moving and detailed report on the situation in the Washington Post.







In memory of Lusharone Nicholson | 1500 block of 19th Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in the 1500 block of 19th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:19 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female, inside of a residence, suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found that the victim, identified as Lusharone Nicholson, 44, of Southeast DC, displayed no signs consistent with life.

May there be peace for her, her circle of family, and justice.




Street memorial for Oscar Rene-Espinal / 5400 block of Carters Lane, Riverdale Heights MD

From a PG County Police report: Detectives with our Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into the fatal shooting of a man Monday in Riverdale Heights, Maryland. The victim is Oscar Rene-Espinal, 36, of Riverdale Heights. On June 25th, 2018, at approximately 7:15 am, patrol officers were called to the 5400 block of Carters Lane, Riverdale Heights, for a report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers discovered Rene-Espinal unresponsive in the roadway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Detectives are working to identify a suspect(s) and a motive.

Paz.





Police tape in an alley for Michael Miller / 1600 block of Minnesota Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in the 1600 block of Minnesota Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:15 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim, in an alley, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. The victim, identified as Michael Miller, 37, of Southeast DC, displayed no signs consistent with life.
Detectives seek the public’s assistance in locating the decedent’s vehicle. The vehicle is described as a 2007 dark gray Lexus IS250 four door sedan. The vehicle has a Washington, DC license plate number of FN2337t

Sad. May there be peace.

Memorial for Jeffrey Wayne Price, 500 block of Division Street NE DC

A complicated tale...

From a DC Police report:  Investigators with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the intersection of Division Avenue and Fitch Place NE, Washington DC. A preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 1:49 pm, a dirt bike was traveling northbound in the 500 block of Division Avenue on the wrong side of the roadway. While the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed on Division Avenue, it struck a marked police vehicle. Officers rendered aid to the operator of the dirt bike until DC Fire and EMS transported the operator to a local hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as Jeffrey Wayne Price, 22, of Northeast, DC.
This incident remains under investigation.



Excerpted from a TV news report:
A deadly crash involving a dirt bike and a DC police vehicle is still under investigation as family and friends of the man killed are questioning what exactly led to the collision. Jeffrey Price was killed when his dirt bike struck the police cruiser last Friday afternoon on Division Avenue and Fitch Place in Northeast DC.

DC police's preliminary investigation has revealed that Price was riding his dirt bike northbound on Division Avenue when it crossed onto the wrong side of the roadway. They said Price was speeding when it struck the marked DC police cruiser. However, Price’s family told reprorters that several witnesses have told them that police were pursuing Price before he crashed, and that the cruiser he hit pulled out to block his path. Two teenage witnesses, whose parents asked that they not be identified,  said they saw an officer pull in front of Price, causing the crash.
"Jeffrey was coming down here zooming on the dirt bike and the police officer had just like pushed over there and made him like hit the door and then the wheel went into the door. He had flew, hit the ground," said one of the teenagers. The other also shared a similar story.

Dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles are prohibited from traveling on the roadways in the District, but it is against police department policy to pursue these illegal vehicles because of safety issues.

“We don’t have any information to suggest there was a pursuit,” he said. “There were several witnesses that were out on their porches that day. We spoke to all of them and none of them suggested it was a pursuit. So if the family has somebody that is saying this, we would like to hear from them.”

When we asked the police chief if there was a blocking maneuver used by police, Newsham said, “That remains to be seen. I can tell you if you go up to the scene and see this for yourself, the motorcycle left about 60 yards of skid marks before it struck the vehicle, so it appears we had an unauthorized vehicle on the streets of the District of Columbia operating at a high rate of speed. What caused of the accident remains to be seen.”

A memorial at the scene of the crash continues to grow as Price's friends are upset and believe police played a role in his death. “He was a genuine person, very genuine and he is going to be missed and he is going to be loved,” said Ashley Dorsey, Price’s friend. “We are just trying to keep the peace and we want this to be noticed,” said another friend. “We don’t want this to be at a standstill. This thing is serious and the police need to be held accountable for their actions also.”
The. following night, several ATV and dirt bike riders were seen riding up and down the street on Division Avenue in the same area where Price was killed. A person on an ATV was seen riding slowly while he revved his engine, flashed his middle finger and performed wheelies as a DC police cruiser with its lights and siren on followed close behind him.