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Two arrests amid series of D.C. deaths

By Jimm Phillips,

This article has been updated.

D.C. police announced arrests Friday in two recent deaths, including one that occurred Thursday in the Barry Farm area.

In Thursday’s death, Jodie Ward, 30, was found in the 1100 block of Eaton Road SE, police said. They said Ward had no fixed address. Police said Friday evening that the cause of his death was pending for further review by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Felicia Dianne Jones, 30, of Southeast was arrested Thursday night and charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, police said.

In a second arrest reported Friday, police said a suspect had been taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of Davon Paul Gray last Saturday in Anacostia.

Police said members of a regional fugitive task force arrested Antonio Jones of Boyds on Friday morning. Jones, 19, was charged in a warrant with second-degree murder while armed.

D.C. police found Gray, 21, in the 2500 block of High Street SE, about 11 p.m. last Saturday. His death was the first of six homicides in a week.

In the next reported homicide, according to police, Jawan Parker, 31, of Northeast was stabbed in the 1900 block of I Street NE about 8:20 p.m. Sunday. Police said they were looking for a female suspect, but no name was given.

Antonio Headspeth, 25, was fatally shot about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Stevens Road SE. Headspeth’s sister, Kathleen McCoy, pleaded via the Homicide Watch D.C. blog for the killer to come forward.

Eric Kearney, 22, died after being shot in Truxton Park about 8:20 p.m. Monday. He was found in 1600 block of Lincoln Road NE with gunshot wounds.

Mohammed Abduselam, 37, was shot to death about the same time Monday night outside the gas station and convenience store where he worked in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Two men had just entered the store, and Abduselam stepped out to call 911 when he saw that one of them was carrying a gun.

Demetrius Emmanuel Thompson, 22, died early Thursday after being fatally shot on a Metrobus heading east on Alabama Avenue SE. Police found Thompson very early Thursday, just after midnight, in the 2100 block of Alabama Avenue SE. Police said they were searching for two “persons of interest” who they said were shown on surveillance video boarding the bus before Thompson was shot.

As of late Friday, 92 homicides had been reported in the District since the beginning of the calendar year, according to police statistics. The city had 106 homicides at that point last year.

Staff writer Mary Pat Flaherty contributed to this report.

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