By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFRO
Mayor Muriel Bowser held a press conference urging people who know any information about the murder of Maurice Scott, a 15-year-old high school student, to contact the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
“I’m here to ask for the communities assistance regarding the homicide of Maurice Scott,” said Bowser in a press conference.
“Any loss of life in the city is a tragedy, but it is particularly hard to accept when a child is murdered.
“We know members of the community are critical to solving cases,” said Chief of Police Peter Newsham. ‘So today we’re asking the community to come together again regarding Maurice.”
“As a community we have to say enough is enough when it comes to violence,” he added.
Bowser offered a $25,000 reward for information on Scott’s death.
According to a MPD press release, the approximately 10:30 a.m. shooting leading to Scott’s death, was a violent scene, that left others injured.
“Upon arrival, members located an unconscious juvenile male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A short time later, two adult females and a juvenile female walked into a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. They are all being treated for non-life threatening injuries.”
According to D.C. Witness, there have been 67 homicides in the District this year. This time last year, there had been 62 deaths.
This weekend, a rally was held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue S.E. to stop the violence in the streets.
Residents, led by Council member Trayon White, Jr., and a bevy of community leaders prayed, threw up the peace sign in protest and marched down to the store on Wheeler where Scott was killed.
“We are celebrating life,” White said.
Maurice’s mother spoke at the apex of the vigil about her son saying, “He was a good little boy. He had dreams. He wanted to play basketball,” Monique Scott said. “Going to the store and not making it back home is a whole different story.”
“I’m sorry I lost my little man, that was all I had,” she added.
Public outcry has been high, as young Scott was a beloved member of the community. A gofundme page has been set up to assist the family with funeral costs.
Anyone with information on the shooting should call 202-727-9099 or send a text to 50411.