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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What Do These Have in Common?

The Washington Post (h/t Weasel Zippers) is reporting that D.C. had eight day-light murders in the past 23 days. See if certain details jump out at you:
Vincent Antoine Purvis was shot and killed near a recreation center in Southeast Washington in mid-afternoon on Jan. 15. A week later, his childhood friend was gunned down a few blocks from the Anacostia Metro station at 1:30 p.m. Two days later, Marcus Minor, 21, was killed on a street in Barry Farm.

The three are among eight people, most of them young men, many with past run-ins with police, who lost their lives in quick succession from mid-January to early February in a spate of violence that contributed to the near doubling of this year’s homicide count, compared with the same period last year.

... But the Valentine’s Day shooting of 8-year-old Makayla Darden in Southeast renewed anger and brought attention to the violence.

Police made quick arrests in Makayla’s shooting, but the details only further demonstrated the brazen nature of recent crimes. She was struck by a bullet fired during the day, a few minutes after 3 in the afternoon, while walking from her aunt’s home to her parent’s, an innocent child caught in a dispute that police said involved young men trying to complete a $100 marijuana deal. The third-grader left intensive care this weekend and is recovering at Children’s National Medical Center, family members said.
 Gang and drug related killings. What a surprise.

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