Trial Date Set in Prince Okorie Murder Case

A trial date has been set for March of next year in the case accusing Raymond Roseboro of killing teen Prince Okorie in Petworth in Nov. 2010.

Roseboro, who will be 21 next month, pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder while armed (premeditated) at his arraignment last week.
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Man Killed in Early Morning Shooting in Petworth

MPD reports this morning on the Fourth District listserve that a man was killed in a shooting early this morning in Petworth.

Units received a call for a man down-possible shooting in the 900 blk of Randolph St. NW just after 3 am. Upon arrival, a male victim was located suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim is deceased. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-919-CRIM(E).

The following early morning message from DC Alerts went out about the incident.

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Charging Documents in Shooting Death of Shonell “Chris” Corriea

Last Wednesday night, Shonell “Chris” Correia was sitting on the couch in his living room talking with his mother and checking the caller ID numbers on the house phone. Twenty minutes later he was dead.

According to details in the criminal complaint against James Speaks, accused of second-degree murder in Correia’s death, after checking the caller ID the night of April 6, Corriea,

walked into the kitchen and told his mother that he was going to take the trash out. [He] left the kitchen door open and went out into the backyard. After a few minutes [his] mother heard two gunshots. [Corriea] was found in the backyard unconscious suffering from gunshot wounds.

Speaks was identified by the sole witness to the homicide as the shooter. The witness told police that Corriea and a man known as “Rico” were having a verbal argument when Speaks pulled out a silver or gray handgun and shot Corriea, the witness said.

Speaks, 22, is employed, makes $600 a month and is the father of two children, according to paperwork determining his eligibility for public defender services.

Charging documents are after the jump.
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RIP Messages for DC’s Homicide Victims

In a night marred by shootings and stabbings in three quadrants of D.C., young people across the city got word late Wednesday and early Thursday that friends had been killed.

The first victim, 22-year-old Shonell Corriea, known to friends by his middle name, Chris, was shot to death in the 700 block of Quincy Street NW, where he lived. Corriea would have turned 23 next month.

Damn another child lost her father tonight smfd #RIPChris,” NoDJustMoney posted to Twitter.

Across town, in Washington Highlands, Joshua Ruffin, known to friends as Rocket, and Reginald Williams, known as Buster, were shot less than two hours later. Both died. Ruffin would have turned 21 next month and had one child. Williams was 22.

R I P rocket & buster smh,” @Rasta_Loud posted to Twitter.

Find memories of the three young men after the jump. (Note that some of the posts include profanity.)
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Man Killed in Petworth Shooting Wednesday Night

UPDATE: MPD Commander Kimberly Chisley-Missouri said this afternoon that there is “no information” at this time that a fatal shooting in Petworth last night was gang or crew related.

Read her message after the jump.
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MPD: 39 “Most Violent People” in Petworth

Petworth Homicide was Gang Related, Councilwoman Says

Derrick Rawls. Rashid Paul. D’Angelo Thompson.

All three men died in shootings on the streets of Ward Four in the past two weeks and now Councilwoman Muriel Bowser is saying that at least Rawls’ death may have been gang related.

Gang-related homicide in petworth last nite. Need more human svcs help for, unemployed, young BMs with long criminal histories. Colby?less than a minute ago via web

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r.i.p. derrick… wat happened??? i need some answers”

Metro Police tonight identified the man killed in a Petworth alley late Friday as 20-year-old Derrick Rawls.

Memories of Rawls posted on Facebook and Twitter follow the jump.
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Derrick Rawls IDed as Petworth Shooting Victim

Metro PD just released a statement identifying 20-year-old Derrick Rawls of Northwest, DC as the victim in last night’s fatal shooting.

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the 4500 block of 8th Street, NW.

On Friday, February 4, 2011, at approximately 9:20 pm, units from the Fourth District responded to the 4500 block of 8th Street, NW, to investigate reports of the sounds of gunshots. Upon their arrival, officers canvassed the area and located the victim in the alley of the 4500 block of 8th Street, NW, suffering from gunshot wounds and found him to be unconscious and unresponsive. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim had no signs consistent with life. The victim was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 20 year old Derrick Rawls of Northwest, DC.
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Man Killed Friday Night in Petworth Alley

Metro PD posted the following message on the Fourth District Listserve at 10:50 Friday night:

Units received a call for sounds of gunshots in the 4500 blk 8th Street, NW. Upon arrival, an unconscious adult male victim was located in an alley suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male is deceased. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. We are asking anyone with information please call 1-888-919-CRIM(E).

According to the Washington Post, the man was found at about 9:30 p.m. in an alley near the intersection of Allison and 8th streets in Northwest D.C.