Homicides Increase by Nearly 50 percent in July

There was a 46 percent uptick in homicides in Washington, DC during the first full month of summer compared to the same time period last year.

In July 2017, there were 13 homicides in the district meanwhile in July of 2018 there were 19. Of the 19 homicides, the majority were the result of fatal shootings. According to D.C. Witness data, throughout the past four years the majority of DC homicides have been gun related.

There were 11 homicides in Southeast DC in July, according to D.C. Witness data. Homicides in Southeast DC more than doubled the amount of other homicides in any of the other quadrants. 

The first homicide of the month began on the evening of July 1, when police found

Stephen Cade

Stephen Cade unconscious and unresponsive on the 1800 block of 23rd Street,  SE. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later deemed Cade’s cause of death a gunshot wound. Cade, 60, was the first of 15 people to have a gun related death in July.

William Mayo

On July 2, police found William Mayo, 34, suffering from a gunshot wound on the 400 block of 2nd Street, NW.

Police are currently searching for 37-year-old Reginald Johnson in connection with Mayo’s murder.

The following day, Tyron Anthony Johnson was fatally shot on the 4400 block of E Street, SE. Police found Johnson, 24, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Tyron Anthony Johnson

The day after Independence Day, police responded to shooting complaints on the 500 block of Newcomb Street, SE. Police found three

Derek Taylor

people suffering from gunshot wounds. The trio was brought to a nearby hospital, where 26-year-old Derek Jeffrey Taylor was pronounced dead.

On July 8, nearly a year and a half after initially being shot, Kevin Kennedy succumbed to his injuries from a 2017 fatal shooting on the 600 block of 14th Place, NE. The shooting left 22-year-old Ronnell Reaves dead as well.

Matthew Moore was arrested and charged Feb. 6, 2017, with Reaves’ death. According to a press release, the Metropolitan Police Department plans to press additional charges against Moore, 33, in connection to Kennedy’s death.

Nearly a week later, on July 16,  police responded to the 300 block of 53rd St., NE, where six people were shot. All six people went to a nearby hospital; however, 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson succumbed to her injuries.

According to a press release, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the MPD and the FBI  would offer a joint reward of up to $45,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of four suspects responsible for Wilson’s death.

“We need those with information about this case to share what they know, and they can do so anonymously,” Bowser said. “Our community cannot and will not tolerate the murder of a child.”

Cheyenne Washington

On July 18, police found Cheyenne Washington suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the 4400 block of E Street, SE. Washington, 26, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Lusharone Nicholson

The following day, 44-year-old Lusharone Nicholson was fatally stabbed on the 1500 block of 19th Street, SE, where she was later pronounced dead.

James Tyrone Eaton, 26, was fatally shot on the 300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE on July 20. Eaton was pronounced dead on the scene.

James Eaton

Michael Miller

The subsequent morning, police found Michael Miller suffering from a gunshot wound on the 1600 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE. Miller, 37, was pronounced dead on the scene.

On July 22, police found Ivey Coleman suffering from multiple stab wounds on the 400 block of Southern Avenue, SE. Coleman, 25, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Monshae Burroughs

A day later, Monshae Burroughs was fatally shot on the Unit block of 53rd Street, SE.

Nearly 20 minutes into the start of July 24, police responded to Friendship Heights Metro station, located on the 5200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW, where they found 28-year-old Jeremy Bond suffering from a stab wound.

According to a press release, Bond got into a physical altercation with a metro station employee and she stabbed him. MPD is currently investigating whether or not the metro station employee acted out of self-defense.

Later that day, police found 46-year-old Paul Williams, Jr. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the 800 block of R Street, NW.

A homicide that started nearly a decade ago resulted in the death of James Eason on July 25, when he succumbed from his injuries associated with a 2007 shooting. According to a press release, two suspects approached Eason on the 3100 block of 24th Street, SE, “demanded property.” The suspects subsequently shot Eason in 2007 during the hold up.

On July 27, an off-duty officer witnessed an on-going assault between two men on the 3600 block of 14 Street, NW. The victim, 68-year-old Anthony Anderson, was brought to a nearby hospital suffering from multiple stab wounds, he later succumbed to his injuries.

The same day, Alton Rivers, 54, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection to Anderson’s death. According to court documents, the murder weapon was a screwdriver.

Later that day, police found David Hart, 22, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the 4300 block of 4th Street, SE.

Police are searching for 28-year-old Marcus Whitaker in connection with Hart’s death.

Dion Boyd

On July 30, Dion DeMarco Boyd, 21, was fatally shot on the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue, NE.

Within an hour of locating Boyd, police found 47-year-old Andre Hakim Young suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the 1500 block of 19th Street, SE. Young was pronounced dead on the scene.

Andre Hakim Young

Mark Price was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with Young’s death. Price is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 18.