Vigil honors Southeast D.C. father of three killed in Memorial Day weekend shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family and friends gathered in Anacostia on Friday night to remember a father of three who was killed over Memorial Day weekend.

According to D.C. police, 39-year-old Alexander Mosby died in the hospital on Saturday, May 26th.

Officers responded to the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace in Southeast at 1:48 a.m and found Mosby with a gunshot wound.

Loved ones gathered near the District Culture store, which Mosby owned, with yellow t-shirts and balloons in honor of his favorite saying, "follow the yellow brick road.' They say he was a husband and father of three girls.

Mosby's mother got emotional during the vigil and begged anyone with information to come forward.

"I have forgiven the person but I want justice," she said. "I want closure for my family, I want to know who did it."

Since the start of Memorial Day Weekend, through the following Friday, there were more than a dozen shootings in the district.

"All the shootings that we've had over the past week have been the result of a conflict or a petty argument that went wrong and then someone decided to resort to use an illegal firearm," says D.C. Assistant Chief of Police, Chanel Dickerson.

As a result of the recent violence, police say they shifted 25 percent of their force to troubled areas including wards seven and eight.

They also demoted the district seven commander, Regis Bryant, though she could not specify why.

"Although he may be disappointed about his recent transfer I know that he cares about the people that reside in this ward and he wouldn't want us to be distracted on his reassignment," Assistant Chief Dickerson said in an interview on Friday.

Anyone with information on Mosby's death or any of the recent shootings are asked to call police at 202-727-9099.