The Washington Blade, via DCist, has identified the murder victim on 11th and Q last night as Durval V. Martins, a gay man. He was shot multiple times and all of his valuables were found on him.
This comes at a time of not only heightened violence in the area, but violence against gays, especially in the Shaw and Logan Circle areas. In the past few months…
- A gay man died from injuries he sustained from being beat on 8th and N in September.
- A gay man was brutally beaten in Adams Morgan in July.
- Two gay men were assaulted leaving a bar on New York Ave in October.
- Two gay men were assaulted in Georgetown in October.
Not only does there seem to be increased gang violence, the number of hate crimes against the gay community have increased as well. Now, no motive has a been established for the murder victim at 11th and Q, but for some reason I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he happened to be gay.