Funeral Director: The Funeral Process is a Waiting Game

Shaun Reid

At the age of 28, funeral home owner and director Shaun Reid has been in the funeral industry for over a decade. He has spent much of his life with the dead.

It’s not something the average person wakes up in the morning saying, ‘Oh, I want to be in the funeral world,’” Reid said. “No, it doesn’t operate like that. You got to have a love for it and have a craft for it.”

The funeral process is a waiting game, Reid said, especially with homicides.
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Man Killed in Tuesday Night NW D.C. Shooting

A shooting in the 900 block of Delafield Place Northwest killed Daniel Joseph Hinton Tuesday night, MPD announced.

Hinton, 21, was found unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds just after 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A press release from MPD is below: Read more

Q&A: USAO’s Chief of Homicide

As part of our 2014 Year in Review, we’re speaking with those who shape the criminal justice system in the District. Jeffrey Ragsdale is the chief of the homicide section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He answered our questions below via email:

What were the most memorable homicide prosecutions of 2014?

All homicides are by definition very tragic and compelling. We do not treat or prosecute cases differently because of who the victim is.

There are some cases that were particularly compelling during 2014: Read more

Guest Column: Washington’s Other Monuments