Deontray Ingram, 22, was one of D.C.’s 162 homicides in 2015. His death is one of many that leaves community members concerned about the youth’s lack of sensitivity to violence.

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“It is very much appropriated now, and they are always fighting,” Fehema Johnson, 22, told the AFRO Jan. 16. She is on staff at John Tyler Elementary School in Southeast, and said she fears that children are becoming too familiar with violence and crime. “I asked a student what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said, ‘I want to be a gangster.’”

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Nathaniel Beasley, 24, on Jan. 1 in the killing of Ingram, who was shot in Southeast, D.C. in September.

On Sept. 19, Ingram was shot and killed around 4 a.m. in the 2400 block of Elvans Road in the parking lot outside of Forest Ridge apartments. Ingram, who was also known as “Fat Boy,” left behind two young children, a son and a daughter. His grandmother, Dianne Ingram, told the Washington Post in September that he loved cooking and dreamed of one day being a chef.

“If you wanted something, there was nothing he wouldn’t do to get it for you,” Dianne said of her grandson. “And he would do it with a smile.” She said her grandson was chatting with friends when he was shot.

A preliminary hearing for Beasley, is scheduled for Jan. 29, according to D.C. Courts. Beasley was arrested on a warrant and charged with second-degree murder while armed.