Nori Amaya, courtesy of Coppi's

A year ago today, Coppi’s co-0wner Nori Amaya was found dead in her 16th street apartment. Sadly, there are still no leads on her murder case. Nori was known as a passionate salsa dancer, lover of food and wine, and wonderful friend.

Last night, Coppi’s hosted a salsa vigil for Nori, which I regret I wasn’t able to post about ahead of time. It seems like it was an appropriate celebration of Nori’s life. There will also be a mass at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton, MD tomorrow. My thoughts go out to her family and friends in this difficult time.

This isn’t really news you want to wake up to (understatement of the year?). Last night, a man, after being refused entry to DC9 (9th and U) smashed the window of the club with a brick. MPD says that three to five people came out of DC9 and severely beat the man. He was found around 2:30 in the morning, taken to the hospital and declared dead.

UPDATE: There are reports that 5 employees of DC9 have been charged in relation to the murder. Looks like the club will be closed for the near future.

UPDATE 2: The owner of DC9 and four employees have been arrested and charged with second degree murder. I’m shocked. Police identified the victim as 27-year-old Ali Ahmed Mohammed, of Silver Spring. DC9 will be closed at least tonight and for up to 96 hours.

But that’s not it. DCist reports: “DC9 employees are disputing Lanier’s statement. filmed this statement from DC9 employee and witness Damon Dixon, who also said that none of the people who were arrested “have [it] in them” to assault someone the way Lanier described. Former D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver tweets that a friend who was at the club last night told him that the man was “alive and in MPD custody for at least 45 minutes.”

MPD arrested Brandon Miller, 21, of the 12002100 block of Girard Street NW (EDIT: Washington Post corrected the address, I’ve updated it). He has been charged with first degree murder.

Police are searching for one other person in connection with the shooting. They are also looking for information on a 2001 white Buick with DC tags seen leaving the crime scene.

MPD has made an arrest in the murder of Victor Chigoziri MBA-Jonas, Jr., age 20, who was shot on the 2500 block of 17th street (around the corner from Harris Teeter) on June 27th and died of his injuries last week. MPD arrested Torain Devon Adams, an 18-year-old male from Northwest, DC yesterday morning and charged him with murder in the first degree.

I’m glad MPD was able to arrest a suspect in this murder, my thoughts go out to Victor’s family and friends.

Friday at 2 am, a man was fatally stabbed on the 9th street, between U and T.  Thanks to MPD, a suspect has already been arrested. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Assefaw Teweld Hagos of  Silver Spring. This is one of the first murders I’ve had to write about in 2010, and while I’m sorry to hear that the victim died, I’m glad that MPD was able to arrest the suspect so quickly.

You know, this is enough. MPD is reporting a child was shot and fatally wounded at 1400 Columbia Road last night. I certainly heard all of the helicopters starting around 10 pm. I knew something bad had happened. This is horrible.

Jim Graham has more information:

“Just before 10 PM, a nine year old boy was shot dead in the presumed safety of his apartment at 1433 Columbia Road. At this time, it appears that there was some kind of fight in the hallway, shots were fired, one of which entered the apartment and killed this boy. I have the name of the boy (who happens to be Latino) but I am not releasing it since I do not know whether the entire family has been notified.

Chief Lanier and Mayor Fenty–who were both on the scene– stated that there are persons in custody.”

I guess that’s good at least? Before I even saw this I could figure it was crossfire that this kid was caught in. I am so disgusted.

UPDATE: Three persons of interest were questioned in relation to the murder, but MPD has announced no arrest, says WaPo.

UDPATE 2: The child has been identified as Oscar Fuentes. His family said that the locks on the apartment building’s front door had been broken for months. The family also believes MS 13 might have been involved in the shooting.

Some of these news items are a little old, but since I was away for a long weekend I wanted to catch everyone up in case you missed it:

  • U street is the subject of the new Washington Post feature, Scene In. Pretty cool, especially if you’re into fashion and love U street. (Note: video starts playing when you click on the link.)
  • On Saturday, Deborah Ann Brown was murdered on 14th and Harvard. It is believed she was an innocent bystander. A 17-year-old, Devonte Carlton, was arrested for the murder. Now, it might just be coincidence, but when I saw that name it looked familiar. That’s because Lafonte Lurie Carlton was arrested back in January for two area murders. Are they related? I don’t know, but it is strange that they share the same last name, at the least.
  • Garden District is moving across the street to the other side of 14th and S and consolidating its inside and outdoor stores, meaning both of their current locations will close.

According to police, the murders of a couple, Audrey Bryant and Keith Jordan,  in Fort Washington might be related to the murder on T street early Tuesday morning. The Post reports that the couple killed in Fort Washington was close friends with Fitzergerald, the murder victim on T street. One of Bryant’s sons had performed at Pure on Monday night, near where Fitzgerald was murdered. The police have also recovered a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle leaving both crime scenes and are processing it for evidence.

There’s a lot to update on this morning. I was happily thinking how there wasn’t much violence over the holiday weekend, and then I see this:

At about 12:20 AM today a male subject was fatally shot while in the 1300 block of T St. Preliminary invetigation (sic) indicates it was not a random assault. If anyone has information please call 202 727-9099. Thank you

I’ll update more as information becomes available.

UPDATE: MPD has identified the victim as 25-year-old Carl Ashton O’Neil
Gray Fitzgerald

PS, why is no one else reporting on this? Other than Borderstan, I haven’t seen anything, not on DCist, Washington City Paper, or the Post (not a huge surprise). This is a well known, relatively safe area and to me it seems like a pretty big story…

MPD’s 3rd district listserv reports that there was a murder on Georgia Ave and Gresham Place at approximately 6 pm tonight. According to MPD a group of males got in a fight, and one of the males sustained injuries that required medical care. He died at the hospital from his injuries.

It’s not known what injuries the victim sustained or if this was gang-related. Let’s hope MPD continues their track record of making speedy arrests following violent incidents on our streets.

UPDATE: Jim Graham, via PoP, notifies us that the murder on Georgia and Gresham Place was a stabbing. Additionally, there was another shooting on the 1300 block of Columbia Road last night, where an innocent bystander was shot during a gun fight. The bystander’s injuries do not seem to be life threatening (she was shot in the leg after a bullet penetrated the car she was sitting in). This is following Paul Jones’s murder on that block last month.

UPDATE 2: WaPo identifies the victim as Chiagbanwe Ukaoma, 22.