Slain teen is apparently youngest killed in D.C. in 2010

By Martin Weil and Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A 15-year-old D.C. youth was fatally shot Sunday night in Northwest Washington.

Police said Joel Watkins of the 600 block of Jefferson Street NW was shot about 9:30 p.m. near Seventh and Rittenhouse streets. He apparently is the youngest person slain this year in the District.

No motive in the killing in the Brightwood/Manor Park area could be learned Monday night.

"We don't know a lot about what happened," said D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4).

She said she did not know what the youth was doing in the neighborhood where he was shot, about a mile north of his home.

Several residents of that neighborhood said they heard shots in rapid succession.

"I heard three shots," one neighbor said. "That shook me up." He said the sound made him ask, "What is happening here in this neighborhood?" which he described as relatively quiet.

He said he watched as police with shovels dug for hours in the snow, apparently for evidence.

According to Bowser, Joel attended the Transition Academy at Shadd, which the D.C. Public Schools Web site describes as a special education school for grades 9 through 12 in the 5600 block of East Capitol Street SE. A neighborhood resident said he was one of three siblings.

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