Federal worker found slain in NW apartment

By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A 35-year-old government worker was found fatally stabbed Monday night in a new 11-story apartment-condominium building near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, D.C. police said Tuesday.

Delando King, who worked in Rockville for the U.S. Indian Health Service, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, was found shortly after 6 p.m. in his third-floor apartment at 1117 10th St. NW, police said. The 130-unit building, Quincy Court, is between L and M streets, two blocks west of the convention center.

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said investigators think that King was killed over the weekend. Someone who was unable to reach King became concerned and contacted the building's management office, Newsham said, adding that someone from the management office found the body in the apartment and notified police.

Newsham would not say whether anyone lived with King or had been staying there as a guest recently.

Detectives found no sign of forced entry at the apartment, Newsham said. He said police have "100 percent ruled out" any connection to the "Flint serial killer," a white man suspected of fatally stabbing five people and wounding 10 in Michigan and stabbing or attacking three people in Leesburg this month. Most of the victims were black or dark-skinned.

King, a native American, worked for the Indian Health Service in New Mexico, among his fellow Navajos, until 2006, when he transferred to the agency's headquarters in Montgomery County, said Thomas Sweeney, a spokesman for the health service. He said King worked as a travel management specialist.

"Mr. King was a dedicated employee and a friend to many in the Washington-area American Indian community," Sweeney said.

Quincy Court, a modern glass-and-concrete building that opened in 2007, is a secure residence equipped with surveillance cameras.

Newsham said detectives have looked through the digital recordings and found "some relevant video" that might show a suspect. He said police plan to make the video public after it has been enhanced.

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