Local Digest: Shia group protests homeland violence at White House; motorcyclist death

June 28, 2014
THE DISTRICT
Shia group protests violence by ISIS

Members of Shia International protested in front of the White House on Saturday, calling on President Obama to help put an end to the killings perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorist group.

Shabbir Moosvi, spokesman for the D.C. nonprofit group, said Shia International wants to raise awareness of the gruesome acts committed by ISIS in Iraq. He hoped that staging a protest in front of the White House would send a message about what needs to be done to stop ISIS.

“We feel that this is the world center point and the word that comes out of this White House has a lot of weight,” Moosvi said.

The group also wants to educate the public about Shia religious values, which Moosvi said oppose violence and intolerant ideology.

— Ileana Najarro

MARYLAND
Crash near Annapolis kills 54-year-old man

A 54-year-old man died Saturday after his motorcycle hit a curb near Annapolis just after midnight, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Forrest Andrew Williams was southbound on Green Holly Drive and passing Ramblewood Drive when he struck the curb at the center median and lost control of his motorcycle, which went down on its side, police said.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, and they said that Williams was wearing an unsafe helmet.

— Ileana Najarro

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