Week in Review

In brief:

Five homicides were reported this week:

  • A shooting in the 900 block of Delafield Place Northwest killed Daniel Joseph Hinton Tuesday night.
  • On Wednesday, a woman was found in the 3900 block of 14th Street Northwest at approximately 5:26 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital where she died. The woman’s identity is being withheld until police can notify the family.
  • At 9:05 p.m., Gregory Lee, 28, was found in the 1200 block of Stevens Road Southeast with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • Almost an hour later, police responded to the sound of gunshots. An adult male suffering from a gunshot wound was located in the 2600 block of Sherman Avenue Northwest and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld until police can notify his family.
  • Twenty minutes later, police found 25-year-old Marquiz Anthony Robinson of Centreville, Virginia, in the 800 block of Bladensburg Road Northeast unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at a local hospital.

Police fatally shot 29-year-old Raymond Robinson of Southeast D.C. in a confrontation near the 2800 block of Naylor Road Southeast.

Donald Dubose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed Monday for his role in the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed 34-year-old Michael Oshea Smith.

Veteran journalist William Shultz recounted his time on the jury that convicted Demonta Chappell. “My voice did not waiver as I announced that we found Mr. Chappell guilty on all six counts, including the first-degree murder charge,” he wrote.

Photographer Lloyd Wolf looked back at 2014 through the street shrines he saw as part of his ongoing documentary work, Washington’s Other Monuments. He writes: “Although the number of street memorials I encountered were fewer in number than in many previous years — arguably a positive trend — there were still many lives lost and hearts broken by the continued violence in our community.”

Shaun Reid, who at 28 has been in the funeral business for a decade, talked to Homicide Watch about spending 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.”

In an interview with Homicide Watch, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said homicide prevention needs to be a city-wide mission: “I would like the city to have every single agency in D.C. government have one of their performance measures be homicide prevention. Every single one. Everybody can do something.”

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