2018 Homicides: 161

The regular weekly report on homicides in DC is schedule to appear on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, here is a reminder of our losses in the last year.

The District of Columbia lost 161 people to homicide in 2018. This included 130 gun deaths — including two officer-involved shootings — 23 stabbings, and eight other assaults. In addition, the May 4 death of Jeffrey Wayne Price, resulting from a police-involved crash, is listed by MPD as traffic fatality, rather than homicide.

Most homicides took place in Southeast (84) and most victims were from Southeast (79). Northeast suffered 51 homicides and lost 35 residents. Seventeen homicides occurred in Northwest, with nine in Southwest. Eight victims were residents of Northwest, six from Southwest, 24 from outside the District, and nine of no fixed address.

Of those lost, 93 were under the age of 30, including four pre-schoolers, 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson of Northeast, and the following minor teens:

  • December 13 — 2900 block of Knox Place, SE (shooting)
    15-year-old Anacostia student Gerald Watson of Southeast
  • May 16 — 600 block of Alabama Ave, SE (shooting)
    15-year-old Ballou student Jaylyn Wheeler, of Southeast
  • May 9 — 300 block of Anacostia Road, SE (shooting)
    17-year-old Damoni Gaither, of Southeast
  • May 1 — 1300 block of 2nd Street, NE (stabbing)
    16-year-old Tyshon Perry, of Northeast
  • January 28 — 1000 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE (1/25 shooting)
    16-year-old Taiyania Thompson, of Northeast
  • January 14 — 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE (shooting)
    14-year-old Steven Slaughter, of Southeast
  • January 12 — 400 block of Riggs Road, NE (shooting)
    17-year-old Davon Fisher, of Northeast
  • January 5 — 5000 Block of Jay Street, NE (12/9/16 shooting)
    17-year-old James Colter, of Northeast

In addition to the homicides listed above:

  • two 1985 deaths were re-classified as homicide in 2018
  • three skeletal remains were discovered 4/25 at 100 block of Wayne Place, SE, ruled homicides, and identified on 8/15/18 as three women each reported lost in 2006:
    • 48-year-old Jewel King, of Southwest, DC
      who was reported missing on Thursday, April 13, 2006
    • 41-year-old Verdell Jefferson, of Southeast, DC
      who was reported missing on Tuesday, August 1, 2006
    • 43-year-old Dorothy Butts, of Southeast, DC
      who was reported missing on Monday, December 25, 2006

May the families, friends, and communities of all those lost find comfort. And may 2019 bring an end to violence in the District.


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