27-year-old Capital Community News reporter, Charnice Milton. (Courtesy Photo)
The family of a local reporter who was killed in Southeast Washington, D.C. a year earlier gathered May 27 to honor the anniversary of the woman’s death, and to urge witnesses to come forward in both her case and in the city’s other unsolved homicides.
According to The Washington Post, Charnice Milton, a 27-year-old Capital Community News reporter, was killed on May 27, 2015 by a shot fired from a group on dirt bikes passing a bus stop where Milton was transferring buses. Milton’s stepfather, Kenneth McClenton, told the Post at the time that the intended target of the shooting used her as a human shield.
This week’s event succeeded in renewing attention for the case, he said.
“I think we were very successful in reaching out to a population that normally is kind of aloof in terms of dealing with this matter and getting involved,” McClenton told the AFRO. “We reached out to a lot of people; we hope that some tips will come in, so that we can solve this case that was not just on Charnice tonight, it was also on other cases.”
Along with members of the Metropolitan Police Department, approximately 60 people attended the vigil, including Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham, D.C. GOP Senior Vice Chairman Ralph Chittams, Sr., Anacostia Coordinating Council Philip Pannell, and Sandra Gliss, mother of Tamara Gliss, who was shot and killed two days before Milton in the Shaw area of the city.
“I think that the people who came here were showing love, they came to support us and the cause, to show love, and that they care that makes a difference,” Francine Milton, Charnice’s mother, said. “People being present, not afraid, not hiding, showing that they care about what is going on in their community makes a difference. If we go in our houses and close the door, it’s not going to work.”
District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Milton’s homicide remains an open case.
“We never give up, we never stop taking information, we never stop trying to close homicide cases; and so I try to reiterate that to much as I can to family members, as painful as it is, we don’t want to give up hope,” Lanier told Washington, D.C. NBC affiliate WRC-TV.
As of May 27, there have been 50 homicides in D.C., compared with 49 at this time in 2015. Of this year’s deaths, 36 have occurred east of the Anacostia River.
Anyone with information on Milton’s homicide or any other homicide in D.C. is asked to contact detectives at 202-437-0451, 202-497-4754 or the homicide branch number is 202-645-9600. A $25,000 reward is being offered.