Monday, October 25, 2021

Shrine at the site of a triple homicide: Donnetta Dyson, Keenan Braxton, and Johnny Joyner | 600 block of Longfellow Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the suspect vehicle in a homicide offense that occurred on Saturday, September 4, 2021, in the 600 block of Longfellow Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 7:33 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported three adult male victims to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. After finding no signs consistent with life, three additional victims, two adult males and one adult female, were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedents have been identified as 31 year-old Donnetta Dyson, of Northeast DC, 24 year-old Keenan Braxton, of Northwest DC, and 37 year-old Johnny Joyner, of Northeast DC.

May Ms. Dyson, Mr. Braxton, and Mr. Joyner ever rest in peace, and their friends, community, and family be spared further grief.







Street memorial - 100 block Kennedy Street NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, September 10, 2021, in the 100 block of Kennedy Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 9:41 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where despite all life-saving efforts, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 31 year-old Delonte Hazel, of Chillum, Maryland. 

I am somewhat uncertain as to who this shrine memorializes, as there is another recent street memorial in the same block from just a few months ago. I believe this shrine is for Mr. Hazel. Any information is welcome.

I wish the citizens of the area safety, justice, and peace.

Bruce Scott's memorial | 3500 block of Clay Place NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, August 29, 2021, in the 3500 block of Clay Place NE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:11 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the area of the listed location for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 37 year-old Bruce Scott, of Southeast DC.

Rest In Peace.

In memory of Brian Villataro | 1300 block of Nicholson Street NW DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, September 18, 2021, in the 1300 block of Nicholson Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 9:12 pm, members of the Fourth District were alerted to a shooting victim at the listed location. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 17 year-old Brian Villataro, of Northwest DC. 

May his family be spared further sorrow. RIP.


Street memorial for Garry Stanley, Sr. | 1300 block of Half Street SW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 2, 2021, in the 1300 block of Half Street SW, Washington DC. At approximately 11:08 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located two adult males and an adult female suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported one adult female to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One adult male was treated on the scene for minor injuries. The third victim, an adult male, displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 44 year-old Garry Stanley, Sr., of Fort Washington, MD. 

RIP.


Shrine for Michael Pate and Djuan Proctor | Double homicide - 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, September 18, 2021, in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE, Washington DC. At approximately 11:36 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A second adult male was located at a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.  Despite all life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedents have been identified as 31 year-old Michael Pate and 28 year-old Djuan Proctor, both of Northeast DC. 

May they rest in peace, and this community know peace.



Memorial at the site of a double homicide: Michael Rodney Jackson Jr. and unidentified victim | 4100 block of Suitland Road, Suitland MD

From a Prince Georges Police report: Detectives with the Homicide Unit are working to arrest the suspect(s) who shot and killed two men Thursday night in Suitland, Maryland. On September 2, 2021, at approximately 11:30 pm, patrol officers responded to the 4100 block of Suitland Road, in Suitland for the report of a shooting. Once on scene, officers located the victims inside of their apartment suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced deceased on the scene. 32-year-old Michael Rodney Jackson Jr. of Suitland has been identified as one of the decedents in this case. The second victim has not yet been identified pending next of kin notification. 

This memorial is along busy Suitland Road, near the US Census Bureau headquarters.

Peace.





Poetry memorial for Michael Stroops | 4200 block of Kansas Avenue NW DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 9, 2021, in the 4200 block of Kansas Avenue NW, Washington DC.  At approximately 8:00 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 victim suffering from apparent stab 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, 32 year-old Michael Stroops, of no fixed address.

This small and touching memorial is on the steps of a DC Public Library. The note left there reads: 

"Ward 4 neighbors pausing in memorial together, in hopes that Michel Stroops will not pass needlessly.  

'Not another person. 

No more people lost

in silence to housing neglect.'"




Monday, September 20, 2021

Descansa en Paz. Shrine for Marvin Alexander Mendoza | 2000 block of Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton MD

From a Montgomery County Police report:  Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have identified the victim in yesterday’s Wheaton area homicide as 25-year-old Marvin Alexander Mendoza. There is not a confirmed address for Mendoza.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled Mendoza's manner of death as homicide by multiple gunshot wounds. At this time, investigators believe this to be an isolated incident. 

 On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 8:56 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call for a shooting in the 2000 block of Blueridge Avenue. 4th District officers responded and located, Mendoza deceased.  

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged 19-year-old Erik Aguilar of Silver Spring with the first-degree murder of Marvin Alexander Mendoza. Through investigation, detectives from the Major Crimes Division identified Aguilar as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for first-degree murder. Aguilar was arrested Thursday, August 12, 2021 in Montgomery County on the strength of a criminal warrant for first-degree murder. Aguilar is being held without bond. 

This memorial to Mr. Mendoza is at the edge of a park in a quiet neighborhood in Wheaton, Maryland. May he rest in peace.




Friday, September 10, 2021

Mural for Nyiah Courtney | 2900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE DC

Nyiah Courtney, a six year old girl, was murdered on July 16, 2016, in a drive-by shooting. A mural in her memory has been painted at the site of her passing, in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington DC. It is alongside extensive collections of street memorials erected by friends, family, and concerned citizens.

Peace peace peace.

Pray and work for an end to violence.

#justice4nyiah






Street memorial for Mr. Lester Howard | 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue NE DC

This large shrine to Mr. Howard is on a very busy stretch of Minnesota Avenue NE. His friends kept up a months-long daily vigil at the site. May he RIP.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:55 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male and two adult females, all 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, the adult male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The two adult females were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, a fourth victim, an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound, sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The decedent has been identified as 28 year-old Lester Howard, of Southeast, DC. 









Site of the homicide of Mr. Leonard Turner | 400 block of 2nd Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in reference to a homicide that occurred on Friday, May 14, 2021, in the 400 block of 2nd Street NW, Washington, DC. At approximately 9:29 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. 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 27 year-old Leonard Turner, of Southeast, DC. On Monday, August 16, 2021, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 28 year-old William Davenport, of Northeast, DC. He has been charged with First Degree Murder while Armed. 

This police crime tape is directly across the street from the city's largest homeless shelter. 

Peace, justice, and safety for all concerned.


Site of the slaying of Mr. Kervin Sanches | 700 block of O Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, July 31, 2021, in the 700 block of O Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 11:15 pm, members of the Third District were in the area of the listed location when they heard the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male 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 succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead. A second adult male victim sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The decedent has been identified as 31 year-old Kervin Sanches, of Northeast, DC. 

RIP.

Shrine built to honor Kemon Payne's life | 1400 block of Brentwood Parkway NE DC

This memorial is on the grounds of the high school young Mr. Payne attended. A very sad and tragic situation. May he rest in peace.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the 1400 block of Brentwood Parkway NE, Washington, DC.  At approximately 3:11 pm, members of the School Security Division were assisting with Safe Passage when they were alerted to an altercation at the listed location. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile male suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.The decedent has been identified as 15 year-old Kemon Payne, of Southeast, DC. 

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, a 16 year-old juvenile male, of Southwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed. 


Balloon memorial at a double homicide site: Jovan Hill Jr., and Tariq Riley | 100 Block of Q 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, July 25, 2021, in the 100 Block of Q Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 3:58 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located two adult male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, both victims succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead. A short time later, a third victim was located at a local hospital where they were treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The decedents have been identified as 22 year-old Jovan Hill Jr., and 19 year-old Tariq Riley, both of Northwest, DC. 

May their families and friends be spared further grief.

Street memorial for James Beckham | 200 block of 49th Street SE DC

This unusual and creative shrine in a generally quiet neighborhood is for Mr. James Beckham's memory.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, August 7, 2021, in the 200 block of 49th Street SE, Washington, DC. At approximately 6:17 pm, members of the Sixth District were flagged down in the area of the listed location 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 found the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 69 year-old James Beckham, of Suitland, MD. 





In memory of Anthony Mitchell | 700 block of First Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the 3700 block of First Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 12:58 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a 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 succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 43 year-old Anthony Mitchell, of Southeast, DC. 

RIP.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Shrines in memory of Nyiah Courtney, six years old | 2900 block Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE DC

A six year old girl,  Nyiah Courtney, was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Her mother and three other adults were also wounded by the gunfire.

A series of street memorials has been erected on the site of her slaying. 

There has been an outpouring of grief in the wake of her death. A $60,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunmen. 

This shrine site was emotionally overwhelming to document. Tragic and very sad.

May Nyiah know eternal peace, and may justice be served.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, July 16, 2021, in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 11:11 pm, members of the Seventh District were in the area of the listed location when they heard the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile female, two adult females and two adult males. All sustained gunshot wounds and received treatment at area hospitals. A sixth victim, an adult male, sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. After all life-saving efforts failed, the juvenile victim succumbed to their injuries. The adult victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as 6 year-old Nyiah Courtney, of Southeast DC.

There has also been a lot of attention paid to this situation in the press. From an article in the Washington Post: "Nyiah was fatally shot Friday night while walking to her nearby home with her mother, father and older sister in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast Washington. Police said the shots came from a gray, four-door sedan passing the commercial corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X avenues, striking Nyiah, her mother and four others, among the latest victims in a city struggling to curtail gun violence... Nyiah, an outgoing little girl with an infectious smile, who loved to learn and to dance and was eager to begin first grade at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School this fall, was the youngest victim of a fatal shooting in D.C. this year. “She put a smile on everybody’s face,” said Courtney, Nyiah’s 52-year-old maternal grandmother.

On Saturday, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and Police Chief Robert J. Contee III joined other city officials and the heads of the local offices of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to address the latest killing in the nation’s capital. Federal authorities promised to help with the case and added money to a reward, pushing the total to $60,000."