Woman Found Dead in Fire Had Gunshot Wounds

A woman found dead early Sunday morning has been ruled a homicide, police announced Monday.

Just before 5 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire on the 2700 block of Langston Place Southeast. Latroia Renee Smith, 26, was found dead at the scene.

A medical examiner found that Smith “sustained gunshot wounds and burns,” police said. The cause of death is undetermined. No suspects have been named.

According to WJLA, Smith was a mother of three.

The full MPD statement is below:

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a death as a homicide. On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at approximately 4:56 am, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to a call for a fire in the 2700 block of Langston Place, Southeast. Upon arrival, they located a deceased female, who has been identified as 26 year-old Latroia Renee Smith, of Northwest, Washington DC. The investigation revealed that the decedent sustained gunshot wounds and burns.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the
department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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