Grandfather, federal employee fatally shot in Southeast

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A 58-year-old grandfather and longtime federal employee was fatally shot last week in Southeast Washington, police and relatives said.

John Wesley Edwards Sr., whose son said he worked a night shift at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, was shot early Thursday in Anacostia near the 11th Street Bridge, police said.

Edwards was found in the 4400 block of Benning Road NE, and taken to a hospital, where he died Saturday, police said.

Police gave no motive.

It was not clear why Edwards, a Southeast resident, drove to Benning Road. But his son noted that he was found two blocks from the 6th District police station.

John Wesley Edwards Jr. described his father, a currency inspector, as a "really good guy," who "never had any issues with anybody" and enjoyed such activities as watching cartoons with a granddaughter.

But, the son said, he would warn his father about the drive home from work. "I'd always tell him, you have to be careful out there."

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