Arrest in Ashley McRae Homicide

Reader Kaai gave an excellent heads up this morning that an arrest has been made in the shooting death of 21-year-old Columbia Heights woman Ashley McRae.

Antonio Sams of Southeast has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. God is Good. She was such a sweet girl. I hope he never sees sun light again…. RIP Moma,” wrote Kaai.

In a press release, Metro Police said 22-year-old Damon Antonio Sams of Southeast, DC was arrested just before 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 and charged with second degree murder while armed for McRae’s death.

In D.C. Superior Court records, a misdemeanor case against Damon A. Sams is currently open. That suspect was charged July 10, 2010 with threats to do bodily harm. On Thursday the prosecution¬† filed a motion for continuance of the trial date. Damon A. Sams is being represented in that case by Attorney Cherlyn Freeman-Watkins of the Law Office of C. Freeman-Watkins. We can’t be certain that this is the same suspect as Damon Antonio Sams but will follow up.

A memorial service for McRae is planned for Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Walker Memorial Baptist Church 2020 13th st N.W, according to a Facebook memorial post.

Metro Police announced Sams’ arrest at the same time as two unrelated homicide case arrests: Marlon Williams of Southeast, DC for the shooting death of Min Soo Kang on the 3500 block of Croffut Place, SE and 24-year-old DeAngelo Jose Garner of District Heights, Md. for the shooting death of 22-year-old Antonio Valdez Vela of Waldorf, Md. on the 4400 block of F Street, SE.

Read the Washington Post’s coverage here and the Examiner’s coverage here.

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