Ft. Washington man arrested in two D.C. homicides from late ‘90s

D.C. police arrested a Fort Washington man Thursday in connection with two slayings from the late 90s, authorities said.

Cederick Lorenzo Shuler, 35, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder while armed in the killings, authorities said.

Police did not say why they believed Shuler was responsible or what they believed his motive was.

The first slaying occurred Feb. 22, 1998, in the 4600 block of Hillside Road SE, authorities said. Officers were called to the scene to investigate a reported shooting and arrived to find 26-year-old Renee Best, of Northwest D.C., suffering from a gunshot wound, authorities said. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died, authorities said.

The second slaying occurred on March 22, 1999, near the 4800 block of Alabama Avenue SE, authorities said. Officers were called to the area to investigate reported gunfire, and arrived to find aEdward C. Gray, 29, of Northwest, suffering from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle, authorities said.

The vehicle appeared to have been involved in a crash, authorities said. Gray was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Police did not release any other information about the killings or the arrest. A D.C. police spokesman said Friday morning that he did not know any information beyond what was in a news release.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
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