Youth Charged in Slaying in 5th District

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, May 4, 2008

An arrest was made yesterday in a killing that evoked anguish and tears last month at a meeting to discuss recent slayings in the 5th Police District.

D.C. police said last night that they charged a 15-year-old with first-degree murder in the death of George Douglas, 18, of 35th Street NE. Douglas's body was found April 20 near train tracks in the 2700 block of 26th Street NE. He had been shot.

His father, whose expression of grief at an April 24 meeting brought tears to the eyes of Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes, said last night that the arrest left him "at peace." Douglas's mother also expressed satisfaction. "I'm happy," she said. She said that she is severely ill and that her son, whom she called "sweet," had learned to change her bandages and hugged and kissed her.

The father said his son was in his last year at Spingarn High School and wanted to learn construction. "He wanted to work," he said. "He didn't want to ask nobody for nothing." The parents spoke on condition of not being named.

Douglas's slaying was the third of nine in the 5th District last month for which arrests have been made.

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