(Updated 1/29/2014) Days have passed since the killing of two people whose bodies were discovered in a row house across the street from Howard University in Washington, D.C., but police have yet to make an arrest in the case.

The slayings occurred on Jan. 20 in the 700 block of Girard Street NW as the national celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday came to a close in the District. Police said they were called to the home at approximately 11 p.m. by a relative who discovered the grisly death scene.

Upon arrival, officers found the bodies of Keyonna Proctor, 24, of Southeast Washington D.C., and Oluremi K. Thomas, 36. Both had been killed execution style, and were lying face down with a gunshot to the back of the head. Thomas was on a bed while Proctor was lying on the floor, according to news reports.

Court records show that Thomas pleaded guilty in December to a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana in D.C. Superior Court. He entered into a deferred sentencing agreement, which allows defendants charged with misdemeanor drug offenses to eventually have their records cleared if they meet certain conditions within six months of entering into the agreement. Thomas was scheduled to return to court in June.

As the police investigation continued, one unusual incident occurred on the evening of Jan. 24. At approximately 6 p.m. that night, a black sedan drove slowly down the street and paused near the murder scene. A D.C. police cruiser sped toward the car and two officers jumped out. One unholstered his gun and held it by his side as the two officers talked to the driver. A few seconds later, the black car drove away. The officers refused to comment on why they had stopped the car.

Meanwhile, residents of the area have attempted to come to terms with the slaying, the second murder in the area just over six months. On July 4, Howard University junior Omar Sykes, who was majoring in marketing, was fatally shot after he and a friend were accosted by two men who police believe planned to rob them. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Fairmont Street NW. Rasdavid Lagarde, 26, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the case.

While out walking his dog on Jan. 24, one local resident said he had not seen any problems since moving to the neighborhood in October. Another man said he believed the neighborhood was secure despite the shootings.

“I feel safe,” the man said.

In the row house next to the scene of the double homicide, a young man who answered the door said he knew the man who died.

“But I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” said the man, who gave several interviews the day after the murders. “I just don’t want to say anything else.”

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Zachary Lester and Ariel Medley

AFRO Staff Writers