February Homicides Decrease from January, Remain Unchanged from Year Before

D.C. Witness data shows that the total number of homicides in February decreased from January, but remain unchanged from a year ago.

According to D.C. Witness data, there were 11 homicides in February, a 27 percent decrease from the 15 homicides that were recorded in January.

A majority of the homicides occurred in Northwest, DC (4) and Northeast, DC (4). Three victims, who were residents in North DC, were also under the age of 18.

The juvenile victims include seventeen-year-old Wilfredo Torres and 16-year-old Jaime Zelaya on the 6000 block of 13 Street, NW on Feb. 23.

The young men were also found with an adult woman. All three suffered from gunshot wounds. The woman suffered from non-life threatening injuries. Police have not apprehended a suspect.

All but one homicides were gun-related. The one homicide that was not gun-related was of 11-month-old Makenzie Anderson, who died from trauma related injuries on Feb. 6. The homicide took place on the 1600 block of New York Avenue, NE. The case is still under investigation.

On Feb. 13, police arrested 20-year-old Jaykell Mason for allegedly shooting 29-year-old Terence Dantzler on the 700 block of 8th Street, NW earlier that same day.

The number of homicides in February 2020 was the same has the homicide count in February 2019.

Homicides in February 2020