Monday, May 6, 2024

In memory of the life of Tyah Settles - a three years old child | 2300 block of Hartford Street SE DC

This one hurt especially. My prayers to the family of little Ms. Ty'ah Settles. May her innocent soul know rest and her family and community be spared further grief. 

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch Major Case Squad are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in Southeast. On Friday, May 3, 2024, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Seventh District officers responded to the 2300 block of Hartford Street SE, Washington DC,  for the sounds of gunshots. A short time later, a 3-year-old female was located at a nearby fire station in the 2400 block of Irving Street SE suffering from a gunshot wound. MPD Officers and members of DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services rendered aid to the child until she was airlifted by United States Park Police to a local hospital. Despite all life-saving efforts, she was pronounced dead. The detective’s preliminary investigation revealed the child was inside of a vehicle in the 2300 block of Hartford Street SE at the time of the shooting. The victim has been identified as 3-year-old Ty’ah Settles, of Southeast, DC.

A $50,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killers.

This shrine is still in the process of being built, and additional vigils are being scheduled to honor the child and to support her family. 

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










Friday, April 26, 2024

Shrine for Quentin Brown | 2300 block of Ainger Place SE DC

From a DC Police report: On Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Seventh District officers responded to the 2300 block of Ainger Place SE, Washington DC, for the sounds of gunshots. Officers located a male teenager suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 17-year-old Quentin Brown, of Southeast, D.C.

I spoke with a thoughtful and concerned neighbor near the site of this shrine to young Mr. Brown's life. I trust that she, Mr. Brown's family, and all the others in the community, are spared further strife and grief.

Street memorial for Devon Greenfield | 300 block of 61st Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: On Monday, April 1, 2024, at 7:14 p.m., Sixth District officers responded to the 300 block of 61st Street NE, Washington DC, for the reports of a person down. Officers found a man suffering from stab wounds. DC Fire and EMS were called to the scene. After all life saving measures failed, the man was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 33-year-old Devon Greenfield, of Northeast. 

May he and his community be at peace.

Site of the demise of Gee Chisley | 10th and Spring Road NW DC

From a DC Police reportOn Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at approximately 9:14 p.m., Fourth District officers responded to the Intersection of 10th and Spring Road NW, Washington DC,, for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Officers located an adult male shooting victim who was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Moments later, MPD was notified of a second victim, who arrived at a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. That victim was later pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Gee Chisley of Temple Hills, MD. 

Rest In Peace.


Shrine for Carlos Hernandez-Ortiz | 500 block of Chillum Road, Chillum MD

From a PG County Police report: Homicide Unit detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Chillum area. The victim is 19-year-old Carlos Hernandez-Ortiz of Chillum. On April 10, 2024, at approximately 12:05 pm, officers responded to the 500 block of Chillum Road, Chillum, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. Officers located Hernandez-Ortiz outside suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

This small and thoughtful memorial to the life of Mr. Hernandez-Ortiz is located in a garden apartment complex.

Descansa en paz.



Police tape at the site of Christian Elsberry's slaying | Stanton Road and Mississippi Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: On Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 4:12 a.m., a Seventh District officer discovered a vehicle partially parked on the sidewalk at the intersection of Stanton Road and Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington DC. The officer approached the vehicle and discovered an adult male unconscious and not breathing, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS were called to the scene, and after finding no signs consistent with life, the victim was pronounced dead on scene. The decedent has been identified as 35-year-old Christian Elsberry of Clinton, MD.

This police crime scene tape is adjacent to the ARC arts community campus.

RIP.



Site of the passage of Philip Prendergast | 5100 block of Georgia Avenue NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are searching for the suspects involved in a fatal shooting during an armed robbery of a business. On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at approximately 2:56 p.m., the two suspects brandished handguns and entered a business in the 5100 block of Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC. The suspects demanded property and money. The victims’ complied. During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot striking one of the victims. The suspects took the property and money then fled the scene. The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and later died. The decedent has been identified as 41-year-old Philip Prendergast, of Silver Spring, MD. The suspects were captured by nearby cameras.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Site of the slaying of Ronald Clark | 6200 block of Dix Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: On February 23, 2024, at approximately 5:16 a.m., Sixth District officers responded to a report of sounds of gunshots in the 6200 block of Dix Street NE, Washington DC. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot. He died at the scene. At the same time, additional officers responded to the 300 block of 63rd Street NE, for the report of a shooting victim. When they arrived, they found another man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. The decedent has been identified as 35-year-old Ronald Clark, of Capitol Heights, MD.   

Peace & justice needed.

At the site of the slaying of Jabari Malloy | 700 block Lamont Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch have identified the victim killed in a Northwest shooting as 17-year-old Jabari Malloy, of Northwest, DC. On Sunday, February 25, 2024, at approximately 7:37 p.m., Fourth District officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 700 block of Morton Street. When they arrived, they found Malloy with gunshot wounds in the rear alley of the 700 block of Lamont Street NW, Washington DC. He died at the scene.  

May this young one rest in eternal peace.

Flowers at the site of Adam Dove's passing | 1400 block of Ridge Place SE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting in Southeast, D.C. On Friday, March 8, 2024, at approximately 9:26 p.m., Sixth District officers responded to the 1400 block of Ridge Place SE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds in the roadway. He died at the scene. The decedent has been identified as 45-year-old Adam Dove of Southeast, D.C.

Rest in Peace.


Renewed shrine for Derico Justice Miles | 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE DC

This large and exceptional shrine for Mr. Miles has been consistently maintained, expanded, and renewed in his honor over the past few years. An earlier version of his memorial (at this same location) can be seen here.

From the original 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.

To his community, his life mattered, and still does.

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Flower shrine for Jimmy Thomas Jr. | 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch announce an arrest in a fatal shooting of a man in Northeast. On Friday, March 8, 2024, at approximately 12:09 p.m., Fifth District officers responded to a report of the sounds of gunshots in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had been shot. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The decedent has been identified as 46-year-old Jimmy Thomas Jr, of Northeast, DC. 

As a result of the detectives’ investigation, on Friday, March 8, 2024, 27-year-old Damon Clark, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed. 

RIP.

FYI: There is another shrine within 75 feet of this one for Mr. Thomas.

Site of the passing of Mr. Mohammad Hanif | 900 block of Larchmont Avenue, Capitol Heights MD

From a Prince Georges police report: The Homicide Unit today released surveillance video of the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a convenience store owner. The victim is 50-year-old Mohammad Hanif of Annandale, VA. On March 5, 2024, at approximately 7:50 am, officers responded to the business in the 900 block of Larchmont Avenue in the unincorporated section of Capitol Heights for the report of an unresponsive man. Hanif was located inside of the store suffering from head trauma and transported to a hospital for emergency medical care. He died of his injuries on March 8, 2024. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect attacked the victim while stealing items from the store. The suspect then fled the area on a bicycle.

I felt great sadness on encountering this site, and pray Mr. Hanif's family obtains justice, peace, and are spared further grief.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Raymond Leon Ballard - "Steel Reserve" | 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting in Southeast, DC. On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at approximately 9 p.m., members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Seventh District responded to the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a man with gunshot wound injuries inside of a business. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Raymond Leon Ballard, of Southeast, DC. 

This memorial to Mr. Ballard is in a park near what locals term "The Corner." RIP.



Shrine in memory of Tyreek Sheldon Moore | 4600 block of Minnesota Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting. On Monday, January 22, 2024, at approximately 3:28 p.m., members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Sixth District responded to the 4600 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, to assist Metro Transit Police officers with a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a juvenile male with gunshot wound injuries. A short time later, officers located a male with gunshot wound injuries inside of a vehicle nearby. The male died at the scene and the juvenile male was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. The preliminary investigation revealed that the two victims were occupying a stolen Kia sedan and travelling northbound on Minnesota Avenue. The suspect vehicle pulled up next to the Kia sedan and opened fire. The suspect vehicle was later recovered unoccupied in the Sixth District on January 23, 2024. The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Tyreek Sheldon Moore, of Northeast, DC. 

This shrine in memory of Mr. Moore is adjacent to the Deanwood Metro station.

May his loved ones be spared further grief, and justice be served.






Police tape at the site of the end of Mr. Torrell O’Neal Page's life | 1200 block of Longfellow Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that killed a man in Northwest D.C. On Monday, December 25, 2023, at approximately 8:34 a.m., Fourth District officers responded to the 1200 block of Longfellow Street NW, Washington DC, for the report of a man down. Upon arrival, officers located a man with gunshot wound injuries. He died at the scene. The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Torrell O’Neal Page, of Northwest, DC. 

R.I.P. 

Site of the death of Mr. Clifford Brooks | 1300 block of North Capitol Street NW DC

This tragic situation occurred on a very busy section of North Capitol Street, within site of the US Capitol dome. May there be justice and peace for all concerned.

From a DC Police report: Agents from the Force Investigation Team of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an MPD officer-involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, in the 1300 block of North Capitol Street NW. At approximately 6:43 a.m., officers responded to the 2500 block of Benning Road, Northeast, for a man experiencing a mental health crisis. Over the next two hours, the responding officers spoke with the man, successfully deescalating the situation. DC Fire and EMS then began transporting the man to an area hospital for additional treatment, and the responding officers followed behind the ambulance. During the transport, the man became combative and attacked the firefighter/paramedic who was riding with him, pinning her against the inside wall of the ambulance. She was able to slip out the side door of the ambulance and flee, and the man followed her outside. The officers that were following the ambulance went to stop the man, who lunged at and grabbed one of them. The officer attempted to stop the assaultive behavior by deploying OC spray and giving verbal commands. The OC spray did not take effect, and the man fled into traffic. The officer requested that additional units and an official respond to the scene to assist them. The man then crawled underneath a nearby truck and emerged with a metal object clenched in his right hand. The officer directed the man to drop the metal object, but he refused and moved towards him with the object raised. The officer retreated backwards and again directed the man to drop the metal object. The man charged towards the officer, grabbed at him, and swung the metal object at him. At that time, the officer discharged his firearm, striking the man. The ambulance crew that was on scene attempted life-saving measures. After all efforts failed, the man was pronounced dead. He has been identified as 41-year-old Clifford Brooks, of Northeast, DC.

The MPD member involved is a 31-year-veteran of the department, a Crisis Intervention Officer, and a member of the Emergency Response Team’s Auxiliary Negotiator Unit. He has been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy. The officer activated his body worn camera. Body worn camera footage will be released pursuant to District of Columbia law. https://mpdc.dc.gov/release/mpd-investigating-officer-involved-shooting


Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Memorial for Rodney Snead | 4200 block of 4th Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that killed a man in Southeast, DC. On Monday, November 20, 2023, at approximately 3:09 p.m., Seventh District officers responded to the 4200 block of 4th Street SE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim died at the scene. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Rodney Snead, of District Heights, MD. 

This shrine was documented on Christmas morning.

May there be peace on earth, goodwill toward all.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

"gather" - street shrine for Gary Lavon Love III | 4600 block South Capitol St SE

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in a shooting that killed a man in Southwest, DC. On Monday, November 20, 2023, at approximately 9:29 p.m., Seventh District officers responded to the 4600 block of South Capitol Street SW, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital. The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Gary Lavon Love III, of Southwest, DC.



On Friday, December 1, 2023, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 21-year-old Roy Jordan of Southeast, DC. He was transported to the Homicide Branch where he was charged with First Degree Murder while Armed-Premeditated.

Note: this memorial to Mr. Love is on the SE side of South Capitol Street. 


Shrine for Daniel Lamont Adams | 1700 block of Benning Road NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that killed a man in Northeast DC. On Saturday, November 25, 2023, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Fifth District officers responded to the 1300 block of Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC, for the report of a shooting victim. Upon arrival, officers located a man being treated by DC Fire and EMS. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. During the investigation, it was determined the shooting occurred in the 1700 block of Benning Road NE. The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Daniel Lamont Adams, of Southeast, DC.

Rest in peace.



Shrine for Harold James Roberts, Jr. | 6700 block Alpine St District Heights MD

From a PG County Police report:  The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit charged a suspect in connection with a recent fatal shooting in the city of District Heights. The suspect is 54-year-old Dwayne Houge of District Heights. He’s accused of fatally shooting his roommate, 41-year-old Harold James Roberts, Jr. On November 9, 2023, at approximately 10:10 pm, officers responded to an apartment in the 6700 block of Alpine Street, District Heights, Maryland, for a shooting. The victim was located suffering from a gunshot wound. He died of his injuries on November 10, 2023. Officers took the suspect into custody at the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect shot the victim during an argument. Houge is charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. 




Street memorial for Octavio and Osmine Quintano | 2300 block 4th St NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that killed two men in Northeast, DC.  On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at approximately 12:04 a.m., Fifth District officers responded to the 2300 block of 4th Street NE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located two men in the roadway with gunshot wound injuries. They died at the scene. The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Octavio Quintano, of Silver Spring, MD, and 35-year-old Osmine Quintano, of Northeast, DC. 

Descanse en paz.







In memory of Jireh Emanuel Martinez | 1300 block of Valley Place SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that killed a man in Southeast, D.C. On Monday, November 13, 2023, at approximately 9:17 p.m., Seventh District officers responded to the 1300 block of Valley Place SE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located a man with gunshot wound injuries who died at the scene. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Jireh Emanuel Martinez, of Southeast, DC. 

This touching memorial is on a quiet street in an old section of Anacostia.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Shrine for Jeffrey Oxner | 900 block of Valley Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, July 29, 2022, in the 900 block of Valley Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:04 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, the members located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 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 49-year-old Jeffrey Oxner, of Southwest, DC.


Also, On Wednesday, July 5, 2023, Seventh District officers responded to the listed location for sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female shooting victim. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 21-year-old Alison Cienfuegos-Vasquez, of Temple Hills, MD. 

All tragic. May there be no further cause for grief in this community.

SIte of the homicide of Mr. Kwame Keith | 1800 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating the death of a man in Northwest, D.C. On Monday, October 30, 2023, at approximately 7:37 p.m., Sixth District officers responded to the 1800 block of Fairlawn Avenue SE Washington, DC, for the report of found human remains. Upon arrival, officers located adult male human remains, inside of a trash can. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the manner of death a homicide. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Kwame Keith, of no fixed address.

May his soul rest in peace.

Shrine for Reggie Brown | 6200 block of Georgia Avenue NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating the death of a man in Northwest, D.C. On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at approximately 12:54 a.m., Fourth District officers responded to the 6200 block of Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC, for the report of a man down. Upon arrival, officers located a man with trauma. He died at the scene. The victim has been identified as 64-year-old Reggie Brown, of Northwest, DC. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma and the manner of death a homicide. 

This memorial to Mr. Brown is in the busy upper Georgia Avenue corridor.

Site of the deaths of Nathaniel Limes and James Cooper Jr. | 2500 block of 14th Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that left two men dead and three men injured. On Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at approximately 9:50 p.m., Fifth District officers responded to the 2500 block of 14th Street NE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located 41-year-old Nathaniel Limes, of Richmond, VA and 46- year-old James Cooper Jr. of Northeast, DC, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims died at the scene. A third victim was located with gunshot wound injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Two additional victims were located at local hospitals receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Carlos Haythe was also murdered just two blocks away from this site on October 12, 2023

May all three souls and this community know peace henceforth.