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Two slain in District over the weekend

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A 47-year-old Northeast Washington woman was found slain in her house shortly after midnight Sunday morning in one of two killings in the District over the weekend.

Elaine Coleman was found about 12:30 a.m. in her house in the 500 block of 23rd Place NE after officers had been called there for a report about an unconscious person, police said. Initially, police said, it appeared that Coleman had been shot, but the department later released a statement saying she was suffering from stab wounds.

In the other slaying, Steven Curtis Moore, 36, of Northwest Washington was found fatally shot about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of 21st Street NE. The sites are a little more than a half-mile apart, but there is no indication of any connection between the killings.

Adell Coleman, the daughter of the slain Northeast woman, said she discovered her mother’s body after she had been unable to reach her Saturday and decided to go to the rowhouse in the Kingman Park area northwest of RFK Stadium to check on her.

“It was very horrific,” Coleman said.

She said she knew little about the circumstances of her mother’s death.

The daughter said her mother, who lived alone and kept to herself, was a hard-working, helpful woman who held a job as a cashier. “My mom was a very well-loved person,” Coleman said, “very liked by everyone around her.”

She “did not deserve to be killed. . . . She did not deserve to have her life cut short.”

The knowledge that her mother had been killed was “very painful,” the daughter said. “We were very, very, very close.”

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