Neil M. Godleski, 31, found fatally shot in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 23, 2010

A 31-year-old man was found fatally shot early Sunday in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, where he lived.

Police said Neil M. Godleski was found shortly after 12:30 a.m. at Sherman Circle.

A neighbor who lives near Godleski's home on Ingraham Street NW said he was a student at Catholic University. She said he also worked at a restaurant near the Southwest waterfront.

The neighbor found him likable and pleasant.

"He speaks to me every time he sees me," she said.

The circumstances of the shooting were unclear. Police gave no information about suspects or motive.

But the neighbor said she was told that Godleski's bicycle had been left at the scene. Sherman Circle was probably on the route Godleski used to bicycle to and from his job, she said.

"He had to be coming from work," the neighbor said.

He used the bicycle to travel to school as well, with his materials in a backpack, the neighbor said.

A woman who lives near the site described the area as quiet and generally free of such incidents.

In 2008, Godleski was returning from work as a bartender early one Sunday when, according to a news account, he spotted the charred remains of a car behind a house in his neighborhood. The car belonged to a D.C. couple who had been slain the day before.

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