A 22-year-old Waldorf man was charged in the murder of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
D.C. and Digital Editor
mgreen@afro.com

On July 28, Marktwan Hargraves, 22, of Waldorf, Maryland was arrested as a suspect in the murder of six-year-old Nyiah Courtney. Courtney was killed while near a bus stop with her mother on July 16.

Twelve days later, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert Contee celebrated in charging Hargraves for Courtney’s murder. “We’ve got our man,” Contee said.

Hargraves was charged with first-degree murder.

MPD took to Twitter to announce the news and thanked those helping lead to Hargrave’s arrest. “MPD is thankful to all who helped make an arrest in the senseless homicide of 6-year-old Nyiah Courntey that occured on 7/16 in the 2900 block of MLK Jr. Ave., S.E.,” D.C. Police tweeted. “We will not tolerate the reckless actions of any individual that puts our community in jeopardy. #JusticeForNyiah.”

Many social media users celebrated the Department’s announcement. “Yes! Thank you all for your work on this,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Good job MPD! Let’s hope this person is not back on the streets EVER,” another person tweeted.

“Thank you for bringing justice to this sweet little babe and her family,” another person wrote.

One person expressed their relief in hearing the news of Hargrave’s arrest, as Courtney’s murder had deeply affected her family. “Thank you God!!! My family has been traumatized to where I didn’t know trauma was so much.”

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Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor