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Man is arrested in slaying of missing D.C. woman Frazier

Caroline Frazier searched for her missing daughter for months before getting word that police have ruled the case a homicide.

But it was during the twice-weekly routine of passing out the fliers that the family came together the most in its search. That frigid evening in front of the Anacostia Metro station, Frazier was joined by Campbell, her brother, her sister-in-law and a niece.

At the end of the evening, when they couldn't take the cold anymore, they formed a circle and prayed.

"Lord, please bring back our daughter, our niece, our cousin, Latisha," James Frazier said as wind whipped around the group. "We miss her."

Caroline Frazier lives in temporary housing off Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast. The city provides a two-bedroom apartment. Before that, Frazier and her family lived in the city's homeless shelter at D.C. General for nearly two years.

Her energy has been focused on Diamond, a precocious child who asks for her mother nightly and has trouble sleeping.

Once laid-back and pleasant, Diamond is now defiant and difficult at times, teachers and social workers said.

The transformation goes beyond what the social workers said they think is a normal personality change for her age. Many of the behavioral changes - tantrums when she doesn't get her way, for instance - started in the weeks and months after Latisha's disappearance.

"She knows that's something wrong," Frazier said as they watched television one recent afternoon. "It's really in the evening time when she notices. That's when 'Tisha was always with her, so that's what she's missing now."

The teachers and social workers at Bright Beginnings, the Head Start program that Diamond attends, have become so concerned that they've recommended that Diamond be evaluated by a child psychologist and developmental specialist.

"She's a totally different child than she was just last summer, in terms of her temper and acting out," said Emma Kupferman, a social worker who works with the Fraziers at Bright Beginnings. "Even if she doesn't know everything or can't comprehend everything, she knows that something is wrong."

On a recent afternoon, as the Fraziers completed a long 24 hours of talking with police about the Facebook threats, a report came on local TV news about the family's struggle. Pictures of Latisha flashed from the screen. As soon as the report ended, Diamond stood up in her chair and pointed.

"That was my mommy on television," the child said. "That was my mommy smiling."


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