Woman found beaten to death in Columbia Heights, D.C. police say; daughter arrested

A 54-year-old mother was found fatally beaten Thursday morning in Northwest Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, D.C. police said, and authorities later arrested and charged her daughter with second-degree murder.

Police said they found two victims about 5:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW, about one block from the Columbia Heights Metro station.

Tajuana Lynn Hooks was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 30-year-old daughter, Keiva Hooks, was treated at an area hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, a law enforcement official said.

Officials later charged Keiva Hooks, of Northwest Washington, with second-degree murder while armed. A law enforcement official said investigators believe that Keiva Hooks was under the influence of drugs when she allegedly attacked her mother, and that she injured herself after the fact.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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