Second Suspect in Home Invasion Shoot-Out Dies

The Washington Post is reporting that a second suspect injured in a shoot-out with police Sunday during a botched home invasion robbery in Brookland has died.

Reports the Post:

Davon Sealy, 19, of Gaithersburg, died Monday morning at an area hospital. Akeem Jamaal Cayo, 21, died at the scene on Sunday.

This afternoon Councilman Harry Thomas sent out the following press release about the incident:

Washington, DC - Ward 5 Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. today praised the Metropolitan Police Department, particularly the officers of the Fifth Police District, for their rapid response to a home invasion by three masked gunmen that occurred last evening around 10:30 pm on the 1000 block of Irving Street, NE.
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Brookland Vigil for Raj Patel

MyFoxDC was at a candlelight vigil in memory of slain Brookland grocer Raj Patel Tuesday night. They filed this report:

Candlelight Vigil Held For Slain Grocery Store Owner:

NBC Washington reported:

At the vigil, there were songs and prayers. Those who knew Patel shared their thoughts about a well respected and loved businessman, husband and father. His 22-year-old son, Chris Patel, was there in the shop with his mom when his dad was shot.
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Surveillance Photos Show Suspects in Brookland’s Newton FoodMart Shooting

Metro Police released today still photos taken from the surveillance camera at Brookland’s Newton FoodMart where manager Raj Patel was killed Saturday.

An award of up to $25,000 is available to anyone who provides information leading up to the arrest and conviction of the shooting suspects, Metro PD has said. Washington Post and WUSA have reported on the photos and reward.

Services Thursday for Raj Patel of Brookland's Newton FoodMart

A funeral will be held Thursday in Clinton, Md. for Brookland’s Newton FoodMart manager Raj Patel. Patel was killed in his shop Saturday in a botched robbery attempt.

The funeral will be held at Lee Funeral Home (6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd, Clinton Md.) at 3 p.m. Thursday. A visitation begins Thursday at 1 p.m.

Thanks Brookland Avenue for the tip. Homicide Watch D.C. verified the times with staff at Lee Funeral Home.

Raj Patel, Slain FoodMart Owner, Remembered in Brookland

Friends and neighbors of Raj Patel began leaving flowers outside the Newton Avenue FoodMart where the 46-year-old was killed Saturday evening. BrooklandAvenue reports that a memorial was held today and a funeral is planned for Thursday.

ABC7 reports that was killed while his wife and son watched during a robbery at the family’s store.

Patel may have caught the gunmen by surprise, the Post reports:

A man who identified himself as Patel’s nephew said that Patel had been in the back of the store when the robbers arrived and accosted his wife and son, ordering them down on the floor. One of the thieves shot Patel as he emerged from a storage room, the nephew said.

My uncle had no idea the robbery was happening,” said the nephew, who declined to identify himself for fear of retribution. “He walked out, and the guy fired at him and ran off.”

Street Scene from Brookland Shooting

A Twitter narrative of Saturday evening’s fatal shooting in Brookland follows after the jump. Have something that you think should be included? Comment or e-mail HomicideWatchDC [at]
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Brookland Foodmart Manager Killed in Robbery

A manager of Brookland’s Newton Foodmart was shot and killed in a robbery attempt early Saturday night according to police and press reports.

In a message on the 5th District’s listserve, Metro Police Commander Lamar Greene said:

two gunmen entered the location dressed in dark clothing and attempted to rob the location. One of the suspects discharged a firearm striking the manager in the chest. The victim died as a result of the injury.

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