Spingarn High Athlete Charged in Fatal Shooting

By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 26, 2007

A football and basketball standout at Spingarn Senior High School has been charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old this month in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Gary Durant, 17, of the 2200 block of H Street NE was charged with second-degree murder while armed in the killing of Lovell Harrison, who lived in Arlington County. Police said Durant was arrested Wednesday.

The slaying occurred Jan. 6 in the 2100 block of I Street, in the Carver Terrace area, a neighborhood beset by violence in recent months.

Harrison, of the 4200 block of South Four Mile Run, was shot once about 9 p.m. and died shortly thereafter, police said. His family could not be reached last night.

Durant, a junior, was recently named by the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association as first-team defensive back for his performance last football season. He was also the leading scorer this season on the Northeast Washington school's basketball team, which had won four games and lost nine going into last night's game.

Bruce Williams, the school's athletics director, said last night that he didn't know anything about the arrest or the shooting.

The slaying occurred against a backdrop of other neighborhood trouble. About the same time Harrison was shot, a 15-year-old was shot in the leg several blocks away, in the 1100 block of 21st Street, police said.

A week later, in the 1200 block of 18th Street, a contractor working on a home was shot nine times after he asked some youths to stop sitting on his car, police said.

Neighborhood activists recently held a peace march in hopes of quelling the violence.

Staff writers Alan Goldenbach and Allan Lengel contributed to this report.

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