District sees homicide spike, reaches 100th murder of 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The number of homicides in the District of Columbia in 2018 reached 100 on Thursday which marks a 34% increase over the same time in 2017.

The latest victim was Travis Barksdale, 25, of Northeast D.C.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) report on the murder states police initially responded at 12:02 a.m. to reports of gunfire in the 700 block of Edgewood St. NE and the 600 block of Evarts St. NE. Barksdale was found with multiple gunshot wounds several blocks away in the 600 block of Girard St. NE.

Lifesaving efforts on Barksdale were unsuccessful.

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie said that Barksdale was a stand-out in the community and the father of a one-year-old girl.

"That trauma is real for that young girl, it’s real for this entire community and we got to continue to work collectively as a community to say enough is enough," added McDuffie.

Police have not released any suspect information for this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099. Information can also be submitted anonymously by texting a message to 50411. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to anyone that gives information leading to an arrest and conviction in any homicide in the District.

The Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue released this statement regarding the increase in the murder rate:

“This year the District has seen a spike in homicides in some of our most vulnerable communities, resulting in the senseless loss of life and long-lasting trauma for too many of our residents. To combat this problem and improve our residents’ safety, Mayor Bowser has implemented a multi-agency response that dedicates resources in the specific neighborhoods most at risk of experiencing violence. From our Summer Stronger initiatives in Wards 7 and 8 to the launch of the Violence Interruption Program in the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, we remain committed to addressing the root causes of violence in the District. Because we cannot arrest our way to safety, Mayor Bowser increased resources that tackle these root causes, including adequate housing and economic opportunity, and charged agencies to work with our nonprofit and faith community partners. Just yesterday, Mayor Bowser joined My Brother’s Keeper Washington DC to connect more volunteers with nonprofit DC organizations. Mayor Bowser has also expanded resources necessary to solve homicide cases and bring justice to victims and their families.”

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