Local digest: Man shot Sunday in Northeast D.C. dies

July 7
THE DISTRICT
Man shot Sunday in Northeast dies

A 23-year-old man who was shot early Sunday in Northeast Washington has died, D.C. police said Monday.

The shooting occurred in the same Trinidad neighborhood where two other people were shot later the same day, and police said they are investigating whether the shootings are related.

No arrests have been made.

Police identified the man killed as DaShawn Hammonds of Southeast.

He was shot about 5:30 a.m. in an alley off the 1200 block of Simms Place NE.

— Peter Hermann

Education board member to step down

Monica Warren-Jones, who represents Ward 6 on the D.C. State Board of Education, announced this weekend that she will not seek reelection in November.

Warren-Jones said she is leaving the board to focus on improving social services and housing for the city’s disadvantaged children and families.

“I am passionate about doing my part to address the stubborn inequality that exists in our city, which as it stands, has not allowed many of our fellow citizens to thrive and provide for their children’s basic needs,” she said in a statement released Saturday.

The state board is responsible for approving city-wide academic standards, but the scope of its authority is far more limited than the old city school board that existed before the days of mayoral control.

— Emma Brown

VIRGINIA
State’s 48th District candidates to debate

Wasting no time in what some have called the “fire-drill election” for the 48th District of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Democrat Richard “Rip” Sullivan and Republican David Foster agreed Monday to a debate before the Aug. 19 special election.

Sullivan, who became the Democratic nominee Sunday night, issued a call for a debate via Twitter and a news release 12 hours later.

Foster told The Washington Post he had not heard from Sullivan’s campaign, but said, “I agree that a debate of the issues and candidate qualifications is important and will look forward to making the arrangements.”

The men, both attorneys for Washington law firms, seek to fill the seat of Del. Robert H. Brink (D), who resigned to take a job with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration.

The winner of the special election will serve until the end of 2015.

— Patricia Sullivan

Alexandria woman was strangled

An Alexandria woman killed last week was strangled, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded Monday.

Asabech Abayneh, 43, was found dead in her home on the morning of July 4, Alexandria police said.

She lived in the Brookdale Apartments, a large complex that faces a popular park and an elementary school.

Abayneh’s killing is the city’s third homicide this year.

— Rachel Weiner

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