Prince Okorie

Kathryn Gaglione, a public relations manager in Alexandria, wrote on her blog yesterday about 16-year-old Prince Okorie, who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood.

What this article fails to mention is that Prince was known and loved by many people. Not only did I work with him in a tutoring program, but I attended the same church congregation, I know his family, and I see how this tragedy is leaving those who cared about Prince in shock.

Prince was your average teenager. He fought with his sister and talked back to his mother and tried pushing the boundaries. But he was also quiet and sweet and smart. He could have been anything, done anything with his life. All that potential lost.

One of our goals at Homicide Watch is to remember the District’s homicide victims and build online memorials for them. Because as important as the prosecution of a case is, we never want to lose sight of who we have lost.

Do you have memories of victims you would like to share? Add it to HWDC memorials, post it as a comment on coverage of the case, or email me at homicidewatchdc [at]

And thanks, Kathryn, for your thoughts. We are sorry for your loss.

Best wishes,

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