Friday, February 8, 2019

Memorial for a double slaying: Joseph Burgess and Regina Bowman | 3300 Block of Ely Place SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, January 5, 2019, in the 3300 Block of Ely Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 6:30 am, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the listed location for a residential fire. Once the fire was extinguished, two victims were located inside the residence. Both victims displayed no signs consistent with life. On Sunday, January 6, 2019, an autopsy was performed on the victims’ remains. As a result, the manner of death for each victim was ruled a homicide. The first decedent has been identified as Joseph Burgess, 60, of Southeast DC. The second decedent has been identified as Regina Bowman, 50, of Southeast DC.

Thank you to Lara Ajami for her help identifying this memorial site.






Abdul Watts | 5300 block of Dix Street NE DC

This memorial to Abdul Watts is at the edge of a community garden adjacent to Clay Terrace in Northeast DC. It is a neighborhood that has long been deeply challenged by violence.




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in the 5300 block of Dix Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:35 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male victim suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Abdul Watts, 46, of District Heights, MD, was pronounced dead.

Curtis Wills-Bey | 3000 block of Stanton Road SE DC

I believe this shrine is in honor of the memory of Curtis Wills-Bey. There have been numerous homicides in this area over the years. I trust that safety and peace returns, and that Mr. Wills-Bey rests in peace.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, December 29, 2018, in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:21 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report for a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Curtis Wills-Bey, 53, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.


Albert Ford | Police tape. 3700 block of O Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, January 24, 2019, in the 3700 block of O Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:20 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent’s identity is being withheld due to pending next of kin notification.
DC Witness identifies the victim as Albert Ford, 56.

This is a very quiet neighborhood, and trouble of this nature is very rare in the area. I wish continued peace and safety for the residents.

Shamar Marbury | Police tape. 4200 block of Barnaby Road SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in the 4200 block of Barnaby Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:43 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male victim, inside of a residential building, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Shamar Marbury, 19, of Northeast DC.


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Washington's Other Monuments | An exhibition at Temple Sinai, DC

Washington DC's Temple Sinai Gun Prevention Group is presenting a photography and videography exhibition and and a panel discussion. Photographer Lloyd Wolf and videographer Curtis Mozie will be joined by Ryane Nickens of the TraRon Center, veteran DC homicide detective Mitch Credle, and moderator Steve Klitzman.









Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Crime tape and Hello Kitty: site of the splaying of James Lamont Stewart | 800 block of Varnum Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in the 800 block of Varnum Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 10:54 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as James Lamont Stewart, 28, of Capitol Heights, Maryland.