South Capitol Links Roundup: “It was loud, like a war was going on.”

During the South Capitol murder trial, Homicide Watch will publish regular links roundups of coverage. Today’s stories are:

From the Washington Post:

The mother of a District man whose 2010 slaying set off a series of shootings that left four others dead and nine injured broke down in tears in D.C. Superior Court as she described hearing a hail of gunshots and seeing her dying son slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car.

“It sounded like a war was going on,” Diane Howe told jurors Thursday. It was after midnight, and Howe was in bed on the third floor of an apartment building in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue where her son, Jordan Howe, 20, and others gathered the night of March 22, 2010 for a party.

Howe ran to the car and tried to hold her son but was fearful moving him could cause more harm. “Don’t leave me Jordan,” she recalled saying. “You promised me you wouldn’t leave me.”

From NBC Washington:

Orlando Carter soon began plans for revenge, which came a week later on March 30, 2010, the day of Jordan Howe’s funeral, prosecutors said. After the funeral, Orlando Carter and others allegedly opened fire on a group of mourners on South Capitol Street in SE, killing four more people, in an attempt to kill as many of Jordan Howe’s friends as they could, prosecutors said.

Five people were killed and nine wounded in eight days.

“Innocent people being gunned down on South Capitol Street,” D.C. Councilman Marion Barry said outside court. “You’ve got to feel because they’re my constituents. I feel it even more because I feel I have to do as much as I can to stop that from happening again.”

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