District’s second homicide victim of year was Southeast man

D.C. police have released the identity of a man killed in Northeast Washington on Jan. 3, the city’s second homicide victim of the new year.

Police said Howard Ricardo Sampler, 21, of Southeast, was shot and killed about 6 p.m. in the 1500 block of 45th St NE.

The location is close to the Anacostia Freeway, near the Deanwood Metro.

Police classified the death of Leroy Studevant, 56, of the District, as the first homicide of 2012. Investigators found an unconscious Studevant around 8 a.m on Dec. 31 in the 4200 block of Hunt Place NE.

Studevant died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, police said.

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