Teen fatally shot in D.C. was in 'wrong place at the wrong time'

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 20, 2011; 6:45 PM

Lucki Nancy Pannell was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time," according to D.C. council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

Pannell, 18, a senior at Cardozo High School, was in her front yard when she and two males were shot Saturday night, Graham said. She died later at a hospital. The other two were treated at a hospital and released.

Staffers from an anti-violence organization that had worked with Pannell at Cardozo in recent years recalled her as a youth without major problems.

"She was a good young lady, but she might have hung out with some of the wrong people," said Ronald Moten, co-founder of Peaceoholics. He said Pannell lived with her mother and had four sisters.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman standing on the front porch of Pannell's house, who identified herself only as Pannell's sister, said the family was angry about the shooting and declined to comment further.

Graham said another person may have been the target.

Graham, citing information from police, said at least one attacker on foot apparently shot the three as they stood in front of Pannell's house near Columbia Road and Sherman Avenue NW about 7 p.m. He said no shell casings were found, leading investigators to think a revolver was the weapon.

"It was a particularly brazen homicide," Graham said.

Moten said he was concerned that a Peaceoholics program that had worked with the three victims is no longer active.

"As soon as the weather breaks and you start having warm days, people come out of the woodwork, and people who have beefs with people, they tend to start heating back up," he said.


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