Monday, January 24, 2022

Shrine to Marcus Thomas and Russell Williams at at the site of a double homicide | 4200 block of 4th Street SE DC - "We Miss You"

 

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, December 23, 2021, in the 4200 block of 4th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:21 pm, Seventh District officers responded to the listed location for the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. A short time later, officers were notified of two additional adult male victims that were seeking treatment at a local hospital for life threatening gunshot wounds. After all life-saving efforts failed, one of the victims succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead. The other victim is being treated for life threatening injuries. The decedents have been identified as 37 year-old Marcus Thomas and 28 year-old Russell Williams, both of Southeast DC. 

This memorial to Mr. Thomas and Mr. Williams's lives is erected in the same location as one built to another double slaying in spring 2021.

May they rest in peace and the community be spared further violence.










In search of justice for William Conry | 3500 block of Park Place NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, December 19, 2021, in the 3500 block of Park Place NW, Washington DC. At approximately 10:53 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim, inside of a vehicle, suffering from an apparent 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 28 year-old William Conry, of Northeast DC.

May justice be served.


Site of the slaying of Malcolm Turner | 2500 block of Elvans Road SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, in the 2500 block of Elvans Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:21 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the members located an adult male victim, in the hallway of an apartment building, suffering from gunshot wounds. 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 25 year-old Malcolm Turner, of no fixed address. 

May Mr. Turner rest in peace.
 

Shrine for Tracey James Lee | 300 block of 55th Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: On Monday, September 7, 2020, in the 300 block of 55th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:30 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.
 
The decedent has been identified as 44 year-old Tracey James Lee, of Northeast DC.

Poignant words from his sister are on this memorial: " Oh how it hurt so bad I try to keep it together but I'm up and sad I cry when I see you at night... I'm going to miss you my last touch was heart to heart a hug a kiss..."

My his loved ones find peace and be spared further grief.




A cross and a candle in memory of Samuel Hernandez | 200 block of Allison 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, December 20, 2021, in the 200 block of Allison Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 12:29 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, the members located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. 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 17 year-old Samuel Hernandez of Hyattsville, MD.

RIP.

Dmaree Miller | 3300 block of 12th Street 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 4, 2022, in the 3300 block of 12th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:37 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the members located an adult male victim, in the hallway of an apartment building, suffering from gunshot wounds. 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 18 year-old Dmaree Miller, of Northeast DC. 

 May he rest in peace.

In memory of Reginald Bynum | 4500 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department's Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality resulting from a vehicle and dirt bike traffic crash that occurred on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the intersection of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue and Hayes Street NE, Washington DC. The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 9:15 pm, the driver of a red 2005 Honda CRF250R (dirt bike) was traveling eastbound in the 4400 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, Northeast. At the same time, a silver Hyundai Sonata, was traveling westbound in the 4500 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, Northeast. As the Hyundai made a left hand turn into the 4400 block of Hayes Street, Northeast, the dirt bike collided with the passenger side of the Hyundai. The victim was separated from the dirt bike as a result of the traffic crash. DC Fire and EMS transported the operator of the dirt bike to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Additionally, the driver and one passenger of the Hyundai were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. On Sunday, August 29, 2021, after all life-saving efforts failed, the motorcycle operator was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 24 year-old Reginald Bynum, of Northeast DC.






Police tape at the site of John Cruz' slaying | 5500 block of Livingston Road, Oxon Hill MD

From a PG County police report: Detectives with the Prince George’s Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into the fatal shooting of 32 year-old John Cruz of Oxon Hill. On December 23, 2021 at about 1:50 am, patrol officers were called to the 5500 block of Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland, for a report of a shooting.  They discovered Cruz unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a car with gunshot wounds to the body. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Homicide Unit detectives charged four suspects in connection with the fatal shooting. The suspects are 20-year-old Angel Amaya and 22-year-old Josue Torres. There are two juvenile suspects who are also charged with the homicide. All four suspects are charged with fatally shooting 32-year-old John Cruz. The motive for the shooting was a result of a robbery. 

Peace and justice needed.

Jacques Russ | Unit block of 61st 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, December 14, 2021, in the Unit block of 61st Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 6:50 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim, unconscious and unresponsive, 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 44 year-old Jacques Russ, of Northeast DC. 

 This site is at the edge of a city park at the far eastern edge of the District.

RIP.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

RIP Rickisha Waller-Henderson | Unit block of 54th Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in the Unit block of 54th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:26 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an unconscious and unresponsive adult female 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. The decedent has been identified as 38 year-old Rickisha Waller-Henderson, of no fixed address.

May she rest in peace.


To the life of Raychelle Freeman | Memorial, 1100 block of Eastern Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, December 5, 2021, in the 1100 block of Eastern Avenue NE, Washington, DC. At approximately 2:00 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female victim, inside of a vehicle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 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 24 year-old Raychelle Freeman, of Northeast DC. 




I spoke with Ms. Freeman's mother at this memorial site.  Very sad & touching. She thanked me for what I am doing. She was clearly in a quiet dignified grief. She said her daughter's loss has left her two children motherless. I wish them, and their whole family, every solace and healing, in peace and justice.

In memory of the life of Larelle Washington | 1700 block of Capitol Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, December 3, 2021, in the 1700 block of Capitol Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:42 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital in grave condition. On Monday, December 6, 2021, the victim succumbed to their injuries. The decedent has been identified as 17 year-old Larelle Washington, of Northeast DC.

By all accounts, young Mr. Washington was an outstanding individual, with a bright future of achievement ahead of him. There is a very moving account of his life and tragic death in the Washington Post.

May his memory ever be for a blessing.


In memory and honor of Derico Justice Miles | 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, December 6, 2021, in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE, Washington, DC.  At approximately 11:25 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 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 21 year-old Derico Justice Miles, of Southeast, DC.

I spoke with some of Mr. Miles' friends at this shrine site. They spoke eloquently of their hope to honor his life, and the sad impact violence has on both individuals and a community. A candlelight vigil was being planned to memorialize his life, and perhaps create a mural in a nearby location, also.






 


In memory of Deandre Hunter | 3000 block 30th Street SE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, November 28, 2021, in the 3000 block of 30th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 6:29 pm, members of the Seventh 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 responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 28 year-old Deandre Hunter, of Southeast DC. 

- Sadly, there are four additional street shrines currently visible in this short block, all for homicide victims. May this community and their loved ones be spared further grief.

Shrine for David Williams | 2000 block of Bruce Place SE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, November 14, 2021, in the 2000 block of Bruce Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:49 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the 2000 block of Alabama Avenue SE, for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members canvassed the area and located two adult male victims in the 2000 block of Bruce Place, Southeast, suffering from apparent 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, one of the victims succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 52 year-old David Williams, of Southeast DC.

Peace, peace, peace.

RIP Dameon Yates | Street memorial, 1600 block of R Street SE 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 Monday, November 8, 2021, in the 1600 block of R Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:20 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from apparent lacerations. 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 41 year-old Dameon Yates, of Southeast DC. On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, a 16 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed (Knife).

This street memorial is just a short distance from Anacostia High School. 

Peace and justice to all concerned.





Memorial for Chanae McLaughlin | Unit block of Florida Avenue NW DC

 

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, November 12, 2021, in the Unit block of Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC. At approximately 4:44 pm, members of the Third District were flagged down in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, members located an adult female victim suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to local hospital for treatment of their injuries, where despite all life-saving efforts, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 35 year-old Chanae McLaughlin, of no fixed address.  

Peaceto her family, and to her community.







Antwonne Turner's shrine | 100 Block of Taussig Place NE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, November 5, 2021, in the 100 Block of Taussig Place NE, Washington, DC. At approximately 9:00 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 gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as 32 year-old Antwonne Turner, of Fort Washington, Maryland.