Joshua Starr, 37, was shot and killed outside of the Washington View Apartments in Southeast D.C. on Oct. 5. (Courtesy of family’s GoFundMe page)

By Chrisleen Herard,
Special to the AFRO

Joshua Starr, 37, was killed outside his apartment complex in Southeast, D.C., on Oct. 5, according to Metropolitan Police.

The sounds of gunshots alerted authorities from the Seventh District Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to the 2600 block of Douglas Road, Southeast, shortly before noon on Oct. 5. Officers arrived at the distressed scene to find Starr suffering from multiple gunshot injuries. He died at the scene.

“Joshua was a phenomenal son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend who touched the lives of those around him,” Starr’s sister, Valencia, wrote in a GoFundMe post after the incident. “Joshua dedicated his life to a career in HVAC, as he was expecting to graduate his program in the next few days. We would like to give Joshua the memorial he deserves to honor his memory and say our final goodbyes.”

The MPD is offering up to $25,000 to anyone who can provide information to police that will lead to finding a potential suspect responsible for the fatal incident. Residents can contact the department at 202-727-9099 or anonymously send a message by texting their tip line at 50411.

“I think the sentiment is shared across the board. Everyone is just sick and tired of this happening,” Seventh District Commander LaShay Makal said in a news conference. “I’m really asking for the community to show up for this family.”

Police initially stated that they were on the lookout for a male with “bushy hair” wearing a school uniform, however, Makal retracted the statement and refrained from confirming this as the official lookout description because it came from the homicide detective’s preliminary investigation.

“This family, they’re grieving. They lost a loved one,” Makal said. “Please reach out to us and give us any information that can help us bring some closure to yet another act of senseless violence.” 

Starr leaves behind his parents, Jacquelina Starr and Horace Graham Jr. and three sisters.