By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
mgreen@afro.com

20 lives lost in just 14 days due to violence in the District. In two weeks people’s mothers, fathers, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends were taken by barrels of guns and the murderers who pulled those triggers.  None of them were perfect human beings when they started the month of July, but now they’re completely gone- the youngest being an innocent 11-year-old boy, Davon McNeal, who had big plans of contributing to the world.

On July 10 alone- four people were killed: Tamika Jones, 45, Jose Cuc, 45, William Dismuke, 40 and Evrett Harris, 19.

As of July 14, there have been 20 homicides in the District of Columbia in the month of July alone.

Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) took to Instagram as he was troubled on the scene of 19-year-old Harris’ death in the Woodridge.  It was not the first homicide site the Council member had visited that day.  

“Tragically, in a span of maybe three hours, I find myself at the scene of the third homicide in Ward 5,” McDuffie said with passion.  “Earlier I was at the scene in Fort Totten, where we had a 35-year-old male who was shot and killed,” the Council member explained, referencing Cuc’s homicide on the 4500 block of North Capitol Street N.E.  “And then we were over in Langston Terrace, where a 45-year-old female was shot and killed,” he said referring to Jones’ death on the 700 block of 21st Street N.E.  

“It is so tragic what we’re experiencing in these neighborhoods, and the sad reality is that the culture of gun violence is permeating throughout communities in this city, to the point where people barely feel safe sitting on their porches.  Where kids and parents don’t feel safe letting their kids play in their yards.

As protests continue surround racism and police brutality, there are many calls for police reform and defunding the police. With gun violence plaguing Black and Brown communities, McDuffie shared his thoughts on how to keep residents safe beyond policing.

“Here’s what we know- we’re not going to police our way out of this culture of gun violence.  We’re not.  Which is why we need to make intentional investments in these communities- with the people of these communities, because the solution to this gun violence, is going to happen in partnership with those folks who’ve had enough.”

Council member McDuffie said that the community has three words for the violence: “Enough is enough.”

 

Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor