‘If anything were to happen to me, I hope you got my back’

October 25, 2012

Mamie Mesfin, seen in 2006, cared for her brother Mesfin Nega for six years after he was paralyzed. (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post)

Six years ago, Mesfin Nega was left a quadriplegic after being attacked outside an Adams Morgan nightclub. Since then, his sister had cared for him in a Columbia Heights row house while he kept in touch with his close friend Shimelis Yegazu, who helped organize fundraisers for his care. Two months ago, Nega and Yegazu were both found dead in that row house, in what police now call a murder-suicide by phenobarbitol. The Post’s Paul Schwartzman reports on what appears to be the delayed consummation of a secret suicide pact. Nega’s sister found e-mails between the two, which included this question from Yegazu: “Did you get enough for two?”

In other news:

The young are coming and the old are going (Post)

Can Michael Brown pull it out? (Loose Lips)

Plus more from City Paper’s recent D.C. poll (City Paper)

Family Research Council shooter get first D.C. terrorism charge (Crime Scene)

Baby dies after riding on Green Line (Dr. Gridlock)

Early voting is popular (WaTimes)

CFO’s defense after latest fraud revelations: “The ongoing investigative processes led to the discovery of this matter” (Examiner)

Ahead of hearing, insurance czar says Chartered takeover is meant to save the company, not kill it (Examiner)

You overhear a lot outside of the Capitol South Metro station (Post)

D.C. students are speaking, running for ANC (Current via Dish)

Zoning update is about choices, not hating on cars, planning chief says (GGW)

Compared to traffic volumes, is camera ticketing really that excessive? (DCist)

Assistant police chief scolded by judge is reappointed to complaints board (Loose Lips)

Prankster’s new Metro repair notice: “This elevator will return to service … Whenever” (Dr. Gridlock)

Unexplained settlements mean big back-pay award to some corrections employees (Examiner)

Outgoing FBI chief cites anti-terrorism record (AP)

Why was this ANC commissioner using a police parking placard? (ToT)

Josh Lopez leaves the door open to another at-large special election run (Informer)

Explaining that occasional whiff of sewage (Atlantic)

“If food truck operators take a fresh look at the opportunities the regulations offer to better serve the public, they would discover the city compromise makes sense.” (Blade)

Another film incentive bill that’s not going anywhere (DCist)

National Park Service town hall is tonight (DCist)

Now’s the time to register your Union Station renovation concerns (BeyondDC)

Cyclists rally to prevent Pennsylvania Avenue U-turns (Examiner)

Georgetown wants some bike lanes, too! (G’town Metropolitan)

U Street now has a “philanthropub” (GOGBlog)

Downtown cafe gets thrown to the curb (Washingtonian)

Another Taylor Gourmet, now in Penn Quarter (Young & Hungry)

Our long Nike Store-less nightmare is over (PoP)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
SECTION: {section=local, subsection=null}!!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

UGC FROM ARTICLE: !!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!
Comments
SECTION: {section=local, subsection=null}!!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

UGC FROM ARTICLE: !!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!
Show Comments
Next Story
Mike DeBonis | October 24, 2012