At the current rate, D.C. could end 2013 with fewer homicides than the milestone-breaking 92 that occurred last year.
If the rest of the year plays out identical to 2012, D.C. will end 2013 with 82 homicides, making it the lowest number in over 50 years.
To date, 24 homicides, have been reported, nine fewer than there were at this point in 2012. Ten of those 24 cases have been closed with an arrest.
More than 200 friends and family members packed the Woodlawn Faith United Methodist Church to mourn the loss of 30-year-old Joseph Khiante Hardin earlier this year.
Hardin was shot Feb. 23 outside a nightclub in Northwest D.C. He was survived by his parents and siblings, and two young sons.
The LeFrankal Williams Foundation, an organization that offers free obituaries to families of homicide victims in the District, printed an altar poster, a collage of photographs chronicling Hardin’s life, hundreds of professional programs, and thank you notes for the family to distribute during and after the funeral.
With four core board members and a support base of volunteers and donors, the LeFrankal Foundation has held more than 20 funeral services free of charge.
A drive-by shooting near New York Avenue and North Capitol Street Northwest early Monday morning has injured 11 people; one is reported to be seriously wounded, none are reported to have been killed.
A man was killed in a shooting in Southeast DC Friday night, NBC Washington reports.
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MPD Chief Cathy Lanier on Tuesday promised that police officers would remain focused on high crime neighborhoods, even as population growth happens elsewhere in the District.
A Southeast D.C. man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a murder that took place more than four years ago.
James Barber, 24, was arrested by Metropolitan Police and is expected to be presented Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the fatal shooting of 30-year-old John Arthur Reaves III.
Reaves’ body was found in the 800 block of Delafield Street Northeast around 5 p.m. on February 27, 2009.
He later died at the hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.
The MPD press release is below.
This comment of the day comes from “krem_2013” who wrote in about Jason Liser.
Jason was my best friend. he was just with me that night. I had just asked him what was he about to do that night on my porch. he said he’s going to try to make it to his baby mother’s house after he leaves my house. I said cool. b safe. The next morning when I got the call that he had be shot and killed on Minnesota the night b4, I thought it was a joke when our dear friend called me. I said “stop playing”. He said “why would I joke about something like that?”. I then called the person Jason was staying with and asked him was Jason there, to confirm what I was told. He said ” no he is not here.” Then I called our other friend, to make sure and asked him is it true. He said yea. I cried for months. He went b4 his time and did not deserve to die like that. What Elishebalomax is true. It happened just like she said it did. I wish I could’ve just told him to chill at my house with me and my nephew that night. He might still be here today. RIP Jason Andrew Myers Liser. You will 4ever be missed but never 4gotten. I love bestfriend.
Paul Johnson was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for his involvement in the 2007 shooting death of Gregory Edwards.
Johnson pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed in October. The eight-year sentence was agreed upon by attorneys and approved by Judge Ronna Beck Friday.
It’s been a year since police officers found an abandoned infant in the 3000 block of Channing Street Northeast, but detectives have yet to locate a suspect in what was ruled homicide by hypothermia when the child died.
On Wednesday, the one year anniversary of the child’s death, MPD issued a news release again seeking the public’s help in the case. A photo of the towel the child was wrapped in has been released in hopes that it may lead to information about the baby.
The full press release is after the jump:
A popular local Go-Go group held a benefit concert Tuesday to raise money in support of Selina Brown‘s young child, Kodie, who was shot along with her mother in Dec. 2012, WJLA reports.
Brown was killed in that attack and Kodie survived. Brown’s boyfriend, also Kodie’s father, was suspected in the shooting. He later committed suicide in Hempstead, N.Y.