Correction to This Article
This article about the slaying of a Catholic University student in Sherman Circle incorrectly described the circle as being just north of the university's campus. The circle is in Northwest Washington about a mile northwest of the Northeast Washington campus, or about two miles by car.

Teen charged as adult in slaying of CU student

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By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 24, 2010

A Northeast Washington teenager who police said is a gang member has been charged as an adult with murder in the shooting of a Catholic University student last month.

Police said Eric D. Foreman, who turned 17 on Sept. 18, shot and killed 31-year-old Neil M. Godleski as Godleski was riding his bicycle in Sherman Circle in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, just north of the university campus.

The shooting, which police said was part of a robbery, occurred shortly after midnight Aug. 22.

A witness reported that Foreman told people he got $60 in the robbery, according to police.

Foreman, arrested Wednesday night, made his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday and was ordered jailed without bond on a charge of first-degree murder. Citing ballistics tests, police said that the .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun used to kill Godleski had been used by another gang member in a shooting the day before. The firearm had not been recovered, police said.

Quoting witness accounts, police said Foreman fired four to five shots at Godleski, who was riding his bicycle in the circle. After Godleski fell from the bike and was trying to get up, police said, Foreman approached and fired at least two more shots at close range.

An autopsy showed that Godleski died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Godleski, who lived nearby on Ingraham Street NW, worked at a restaurant on the city's Southwest waterfront.


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