Local briefing: Man fatally shot in D.C.; advocate Gabriella Miller dies at 10

October 27, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Man fatally shot
in Southeast

A 23-year-old D.C. man was killed and a woman was injured in a shooting Saturday night in Southeast, District police said.

Authorities identified the victim as William Deon Howard of Southeast.

Police spokesman Paul Metcalf said the shooting occurred about 11:14 p.m. in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE, just off Suitland Parkway.

Officers responding to a sound of gunshots found Howard and the woman on the street. The man died at the scene and the woman was taken to a hospital, where she is in stable condition, police said.

Police said they have no suspect or motive in the case. No additional details were immediately available.

— Luz Lazo

VIRGINIA
Advocate for cancer research dies at 10

Gabriella Miller, the 10 year-old Loudoun County girl who rallied supporters across the world through her efforts to raise awareness for childhood cancer research, died at home early Sunday morning, according to the Miller family.

The family announced Gabriella’s death Sunday in a statement on the “Make A Wish With Gabriella” Facebook page, a site created last year to organize support for Gabriella’s cause and chronicle her progress as she underwent grueling treatment for an inoperable brain tumor.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts and the greatest of love that we share the news that our daughter Gabriella passed away last night,” the statement said. “Thank you for loving our daughter and for all of your support.”

Gabriella, whose brain cancer was diagnosed almost a year ago, began hospice care at home last week because of a sudden decline in her health, said Chris Croll, a close friend and spokesperson for the Miller family.

Gabriella drew national attention last year through a letter-writing campaign that helped raise more than $275,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She submitted her own request — for a dream trip to Paris, which she took with her family in May — soon after her diagnosis in November. But the philanthropic student also wanted to make sure that other children would have their wishes granted, her mother, Ellyn Miller, said at the time.

— Caitlin Gibson

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