15-year-old Davonte Marquise Washington. (Courtesy Photo)

Family, friends, classmates and other members of the community gathered April 8 at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md., to celebrate the life of Davonte Marquise Washington. The 15-year-old was one of several murders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that residents deemed as “senseless.

Washington was killed at the Deanwood Metro Station in Northeast D.C. March 26 in front of his mother and two sisters by a stranger in what by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called a “senseless act.”

Echoing those sentiments, the Rev. Jay Cameron, of The Life Center in Bowie, Md., told the AFRO of the ninth-grader’s death, “We don’t know what happened because it makes no sense.” said Rev. Jay Cameron, a pastor at “Don’t let society define you. Laws don’t change hearts.”

A packed crowd came to the homegoing service of the Largo Senior High School student. As attendees passed by the gold casket, which was guarded by Washington’s fellow ROTC cadets, they expressed their sympathy to his family members.

Along with a performance by the Largo Senior High School Choir, several community leaders offered remarks, including Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander (D), Largo Senior High’s principal Afie Mirshah-Nayar and Maj. Gerald Barnes, Washington’s ROTC commander.

He was buried at Washington National Cemetery in Suitland, Md.

Maurice Bellamy, 17, of Southeast D.C. was arrested on March 28 and charged with second-degree murder in Washington’s death. According to news reports, Chief Lanier said the incident is the 26th homicide in D.C. Bellamy’s next court appearance is slated for April 22.

At the service, Rev. Cameron called for an end to youth violence.

“We say enough – enough of our boys being killed, enough of our girls being killed, enough of the killing,” Cameron said, according to WRC-TV, the District’s NBC affiliate.

Washington’s grandfather Victor Leonard also called for his son’s legacy to be remembered.

“We will not let Davonte’s name go in vain, I promise you that,” he said, according to the television station.