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Detectives are investigating a June 2 homicide in the 3700 block of Hayes Street Northeast. The Metropolitan Police in the sixth district responded to a call of a shooting around 11:30 p.m. They found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He later died at an area hospital, according to reports.

The deceased is Jarell Walker, 22, of Suitland, Maryland. Police have not identified any suspects or a motive.

In October 2014, Jayden Stancil, 9, was shot in the same block. Vontrese Washington, 19, has lived in the area for a year and said, “It’s been safe for me since I’ve been here.” She was not aware anyone had been shot.

“The area used to be bad but a lot has changed,” said a 20-year resident of the complex who wishes to remain anonymous. “The apartments have recently been renovated. Every apartment now has carpeting, a dishwasher, and a washer and a dryer. A lot of people who used to live here still come around sometimes, but with crime it’s still very isolated.”

According to police, two homicides have occurred in the immediate area in 2016.

The police are offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide. Anyone with information can call the police at 202-727-9099 or the Text Tip Line by text messaging 50411.