Wednesday, November 25, 2020

RIP Chyna "words can't even explain" - Memorial to Lorraine Marie Thomas | 4200 block of 4th Street SE DC







From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, October 30, 2020, in the 4200 block of 4th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:19 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult female, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. A second adult female was located suffering from a minor graze wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the first victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Lorraine Marie Thomas, 21, of Southeast DC.  

This shrine to this beautiful young woman moved me deeply. 

Written on a small bear on the shrine is "Sis I love you so much words can't even explain."

Amen. Peace.

Peace.

In memory of James Edward Brisbon | 300 block of 50th Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in the 300 block of 50th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:17 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 43 year-old James Edward Brisbon, of Southeast, DC.   

There have been a number of murders and shrines in this troubled block. I pray that reason and calm prevail and that the residents are spared further grief.


Site of the slaying of Jamaul Crockett | 600 block of Lamont Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred on Thursday, November 5, 2020, in the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 4:16 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 36 year-old Jamaul Crockett, of no fixed address. On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 40 year-old Aaron Jackson, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

A neighbor informed me that Mr. Crockett was killed a short distance from this location, and that he hoped the community would be at peace.

Flowered cross in memory of Martez Jackson | 1400 Block of Howard Road SE DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, November 9, 2020, in the 1400 Block of Howard Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:55 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, in a vehicle, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. On Tuesday, November 10. 2020, the decedent succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 25 year-old Martez Jackson, of District Heights, MD. 

Samuel Njikang | shrine, 7203 Little River Turnpike, Annandale VA






From a Fairfax County VA police report: Franconia Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred this morning. Officers responded to the Diamond Lounge at 7203 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia, around 2:12 a.m.October 30, 2020,  for a reported shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found Samuel Njikang, 27, of Woodbridge, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. Njikang was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminarily, detectives believe Njikang was involved in an altercation with a group of people in the parking lot after leaving the lounge. During the course of the altercation, he was shot. This is an active investigation and detectives continue to conduct interviews, process evidence, and canvass the area for witnesses.

This large shrine to the memory of Mr. Njikang is at the edge of the Diamond nightclub parking lot.



Police tape at the site of the slaying of Terrence Jones | 5400 block of Georgia Avenue NW DC

From a DC Police report: NW Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC. At approximately 10:35 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members 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 where after all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. Additionally, members located a second victim, an adult female, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Terrence Jones, of Northwest, DC.



RIP

Unknown | Shrine in the 1000 block of Emerson St NW DC

Street shrine to an unknown person in the 1000 block of Emerson St NW, Washington DC, at Georgia Avenue.




"You are loved forever"


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Video of DC shrines. Memory and respect

 A piece I recently collaborated on with Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer, Frank London.



Memory and respect.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Darnell Mack's memorial | 500 block of Quarles Street NE DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 10, 2020, in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:15 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. While investigating, MPD was notified that an adult male victim was taken by private vehicle to a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Darnell Mack, 25, of Northeast, DC. 

There were three young women grieving at the site while I was documenting this memorial. The pain expressed in their faces was heartbreaking.

Peace peace peace. To all.






Honor on the street to Demetri Harvin | 1100 block of 1st Street NW DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, October 5, 2020, in 1100 block of 1st Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 2:33 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location after hearing the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Demetri Harvin, 31, of Northwest DC. 





This memorial to Mr. Marvin is on the edge of the rapidly-changing Sursum Corda community.

Candles for Edward Johnson | 600 block of N Street NW DC




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, in the 600 block of N Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 9:24 pm, members of the Third District heard the sounds of gunshots and responded to the listed location. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Edward Johnson, 31, of No Fixed Address. 

RIP

Street shrine for Erik Butler | 1100 block of Barnaby 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 Friday, August 28, 2020, in the 1100 block of Barnaby Terrace SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:47 am, 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 multiple gunshot wounds. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Erik Butler, 28, of Southeast DC. 

I spoke with two young men at this site. They expressed care for their neighbor, and hope the ongoing wave of violence would end.

Balloons at the site of Marcos Brooks' passing | 2300 block of Ainger Place SE DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, September 18, 2020, in the 2300 block of Ainger Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:00 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from gunshot wounds. Upon canvassing the area, officers located an adult female suffering from a graze wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the adult male victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The adult female victim was treated on scene for non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Marcos Brooks, 56, of Beltsville, MD. 

I do not know for certain if this collection of balloons is meant as a memorial for Mr. Brooks. I documented it in the  Woodland Terrace community, in the block where he was slain. 

RIP

Police tape at the site of a double homicide / Marcus Nelson, and Simmeon Williams | 1700 block of Irving Street NE DC




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 10, 2020, in the 1700 block of Irving Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:05 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a burglary in progress and the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located two adult males suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that both victims displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedents have been identified as Marcus Nelson, 59, and Simmeon Williams, 39, both of Northeast DC.  

This sad situation occurred in the generally peaceful Brookland neighborhood. May peace return.

Shrine for Michael Bright | 1100 block of 45th Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in the 1100 block of 45th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:08 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for 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 transported the victim to an area hospital where after all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Michael Bright, 30 of Northeast DC. 



This shrine to Mr. Bright was erected on Lee Street NE, one half block off 45th Street.


RIP.

Stephen Magruder /Two shrines | 700 block of 51st Street NE DC







From a DC Police report:  Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, September 11, 2020, in the 700 block of 51st Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 12:43 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, inside a residence, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Stephen Magruder, 49, of Northeast DC. 

There are two shrines about 75 feet apart in this small dead-end street. As there have been other slayings in this block, I am uncertain which one honors Mr. Magruder.

Shrine to Bobby Plummer | 400 block of Orange Street SE DC




From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, October 5, 2020, in the 400 block of Orange Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:30 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported an adult male victim to a local hospital for treatment of a life threatening gunshot wound. Additionally, another adult male and two adult female victims were also transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening gunshot wounds. On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the first male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Bobby Plummer, 42, of no fixed address. 

Street memorial for Anfernee Vernon Walker | 3900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SW DC







From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, July 8, 2019, in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SW, Washington DC. At approximately 12:02 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victims to local hospitals for treatment. A short time later, members were notified of a fourth victim who sought treatment at an area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. After all lifesaving efforts failed, one of the transported victims was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Anfernee Vernon Walker, 22, of Southeast, DC.

From Washington City Paper

"Anfernee Vernon Walker was Nicole Harper’s second child. “When he was small he was so lovable,” she says. “People loved him. They asked me, could they have him?” Her happy baby was “always smiling, always smiling. It was never a dull moment with Anfernee, never.” As an adult, she says, “He had a good heart. And he helped anybody out that he could. He was a family person, he loved his family. He loved his kids.”

He had two little ones, and he had just moved in with their mother, his partner. “They had big plans together,” says his mom. He was working toward getting a second job. “He tried not to let too much stuff bother him,” says Nicole. “But I knew when stuff was bothering him, like when we lost my mom. That took a toll on him. When my 17-year-old was shot, that took a toll on him, too.”

Anfernee’s father named him for a basketball player, and he grew up loving to play basketball and football too. He had the nickname Smoke. “Everybody loved Smoke,” says Nicole. “He was a kindhearted person. If he had it, you had it.” 


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Remember Deon Kay | Two shrines - 200 block of Orange Street SE and the corner of Mellon Street & Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE DC

Deon Kay was recently shot to death by a Washington DC (MPD) police officer. A video of the shooting is online. An investigation is underway. There have been several protests at police stations and other city offices, and a heavily-attended vigil in his honor was held.

Two memorials to him have been erected, one at the site of his slaying, and another a few blocks away, near his residence. Graffiti is also beginning to appear in other parts of the city.

From a DC Police report: "Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the 200 block of Orange Street SE, Washington DC.

At approximately 3:51 pm, uniformed patrol officers of the Seventh District responded to the listed location to investigate a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers encountered individuals in and around a vehicle. Upon seeing the officers, two of the suspects fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the suspect to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the suspect was pronounced dead. The other suspect made good their escape and was not apprehended. The decedent has been identified as Deon Kay, 18, of Southeast DC. The decedent’s handgun was recovered.

Additionally, Marcyelle Smith, 19, of Southeast DC, was found to be in possession of a handgun, He was arrested and charged for Carrying a Pistol Without a License and Deonte Brown, 18, of Southeast, DC was arrested and charged with No Permit.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy. Responding officers activated their body worn cameras. That footage is currently under review."

Additional material on this tragic situation is in an article in the Washington Post.

I spoke with one of his aunts, who said there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The family is in deep grief. I also briefly spoke with a young woman who was silently weeping by the shrine at the site of his shooting. 

All of this is deeply sad. 

May there be peace and justice for all concerned.