These are some of the reports, pages and blog posts I had bookmarked this year.
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Washington Post: Post Now | Feb 23, 2010
Joel attended the Transition Academy at Shadd, which the D.C. Public Schools Web site describes as a special education school for grades 9 through 12 in the 5600 block of East Capitol Street SE. A neighborhood resident said he was one of three siblings.
Washington Examiner | Apr 13, 2010
The 15-year-old who is accused of gunning down Joel Watkins will be tried as a juvenile. Watkins’ father says that is an insult added to his injury. “I’ve lived in D.C. all my life, but I’m really disappointed in this city,” Samuel Stevenson told the Washington Examiner. “I’ve been trying to get somebody involved to get them to change their thinking on this juvenile thing.” D.C. law allows kids to be tried as adults only if they are 16 or older.
FBI Washington Field Office | Sep 10, 2010
As set forth in the superseding indictment, the drug organization began operating as early as 2006 with defendant Mark Pray at the helm. The superseding indictment alleges that Mark Pray, 29, enlisted family members, friends, and individuals known to him from Barry Farm and elsewhere to distribute controlled substances. The indictment alleges that members of the Pray Drug Organization regularly carried firearms to promote and protect the drug enterprise and its interests; that members of the enterprise committed, attempted, and threatened to commit acts of violence, including murder and robbery, to protect and expand the enterprises criminal operations; and that members of the enterprise promoted a climate of fear through violence and threats of violence.
Washington Post | Aug 4, 2010
The facts taken from the last weeks of the life of Don Diego Jones, a 14-year veteran of the chorus at the Washington Opera, married man and a proud new parent, make for the stuff of tragedy, as if lifted from the librettos of the classical operas he loved. But, as has become clear in the two months since he died, the last hours of his life play out more like a violent crime mystery that, so far, cannot be solved.
Lifestyle of the Broke && Nameless | Mar 27, 2010
Last week I recieved terrible news early on Monday morning March 22, 2010. Around 1 am my friend Jordan Howe was gunned down in front of his apartment building jumping in front of his cousin to protect him.
The Discombobulated Mommy | Nov 23, 2010
My heart is so sad and heavy that this is the outcome for one of my former students.What I remember about him as an 8th-grader: he was learning to enjoy reading instead of looking at it is as a chore, he had a good sense of humor, he got along well with his classmates, he didn’t like my class initially but when he moved out of the area and then came back, he requested me as a teacher again. He progressed well and I was proud of him.
Metro Weekly | Jun 10, 2010
While MPD would not comment on whether or not McKoy was a gay man, a May 28 e-mail circulated by Sgt. Carlos Mejia, head of MPD’s Special Liaison Units, including the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), stated: ”The initial investigation revealed that the decedent may be a member of the [LGBT] community, but did not reveal any information that suggested a bias motivation.”
Facebook page: Help Finds Mujahids Kil ler
MAN I BEEN SAD LATELY THINKN BOUT MY NEPHEW I KEEP C-ING HIM N THAT BOX N THATS JUST NT RIGHT WELL ITS RIGHT CAUSE IT WAS WRITEN 4 THAT 2 HAPPEN 2 HIM ON THAT DAY N THAT WAY BUT MAN I MISS HIM N LOVE HIM I INSHA ALLAH HES GD
Blog Washington’s Other Monuments
THESE PICTURES ARE OF THE MANY SAD MEMORIALS ERECTED BY FRIENDS & FAMILY TO HONOR MURDER AND OTHER VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN THE WASHINGTON DC AREA. THESE SPONTANEOUS, HOMEMADE, HEARTFELT CREATIONS ARE FOUND ON STREETS THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THEY ARE OFTEN THE ONLY PHYSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE MANY SLAYING VICTIMS.
Washington Post | Apr 1, 2010
As authorities tell it, the wheelman wasn’t a man but a boy, 14, driving a silver Chrysler minivan with three passengers, at least two of them adults. When they were done shooting, police said, four victims lay dead or dying, and five others were bleeding from wounds.
Washington Post | Apr 7, 2010
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life is to say words over Tavon,” Nelson’s uncle, Kenneth Nelson, told the crowd gathered at Tenth Street Baptist Church in Northwest Washington. “He was supposed to say words over me. But we live in a world that is topsy-turvy.”
Washington Post | Apr 8, 2010
Jones, 19, was working toward his GED and liked cooking pancakes for loved ones, according to some of the more than 250 family members and friends gathered at the Temple of Praise church in Southeast, less than a mile from where he died. Boyd, 18, loved his young son, the Washington Redskins and playing the conga drums, said relatives and friends at Pope Funeral Home in Forestville, where the pews were filled and a line of mourners stood against the wall during the memorial service. Both teens had nicknames among family and close friends. Jones was known as Marley and DaVaughn was called DayDay. Along with Jones and Boyd, 17-year-old Tavon Nelson and 16-year-old Brishell Jones were killed in the March 30 drive-by shooting in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street. Five others were wounded in the shooting.