Free HIV Tests Tomorrow

Free and fast HIV tests will be offered tomorrow at dozens of locations across the Washington region as part of the 11th annual National HIV Testing Day. The event, which this year focuses on the disease's increasing reach into the black and Latino communities, marks the 20th anniversary of the first commercially available diagnostic test for the virus.

The locations include churches, community clinics, universities and health departments, with some offering education, counseling and other screenings on-site. To find a location, go to and use the Zip code tool on the front page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 280,000 Americans do not know they are infected with HIV.


2 Killed in Shootings in SE

Two men were shot and killed yesterday morning in separate incidents in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Warner K. Valentine, 29, of Evian Court in Forestville was killed shortly after 3 a.m. in the 2900 block of Nelson Place, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.

William E. Davis, 41, of the 2300 block of Pitts Place, was killed about 6:15 a.m. near his home, Gentile said.


Falls Church Man Fatally Shot

A Falls Church man was shot and killed in the courtyard of a Fair Oaks area apartment complex, apparently after an altercation about 4:30 a.m. yesterday, Fairfax County police said.

Police said they believe Jack S. Comejo, 22, was involved in a struggle with the shooter before he was shot at the complex, in the 12000 block of Pender Creek Circle.

Callers to police reported hearing a fight and possible gunshots yesterday morning, police said.

Stabbing at Pentagon City Mall

An 18-year-old man was stabbed yesterday after an altercation at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall, Arlington police said. The man was taken to a hospital with an injury that was not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The altercation apparently began outside one of the stores on the second level of the mall about 6:30 p.m. after someone was bumped, Detective Rick Rodriguez said. The victim was stabbed in the lower right side of his back, he said.

Rodriguez said the victim was with three other people in their late teens. The assailant, who appeared to be about the same age, was with another 18-year-old, Rodriguez said. No arrests have been made.

Construction Accident Kills Man

A Stafford man was killed Friday and three others were injured while installing a sewer line for new housing units in Fredericksburg, police said yesterday.

David Kruckenberg, 65, was killed when a section of pipe broke loose and fell on him, Fredericksburg police Lt. Gary Sullivan said.

Dewight Cartwright, 52, and his son Jason Cartwright, 26, both of Pittsford, N.Y., were hurt as they lifted the pipe, Sullivan said.

He said the Cartwrights and another worker, Raymundo Gonzales, 38, were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Sullivan said Fredericksburg police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


Pr. George's Shooting Kills 2

Two men were fatally shot yesterday in Fairmount Heights after a dispute, Prince George's County police said.

The shooting occurred about 4:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Early Oaks Lane, police said. They said one man died at the scene and the other died at a hospital.

Arrest Made in April Robbery

A Frederick man has been charged in an April 21 home invasion robbery in North Potomac, Montgomery County police said.

The suspect, David Christopher Alexander, 20, was charged Monday with first-degree assault, armed robbery, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. He was released after posting $60,000 bail, police said.

Police said Alexander broke into the home of a woman and her two children about 4:30 p.m. on April 21. The man took property and left. Police said there were no injuries. A second suspect seen outside the residence during the robbery has not been identified, police said.

"It was a traffic stop. What police officer hasn't done a traffic stop?"

-- Cpl. Kenny Bragg at the funeral for Prince George's County police officer Sgt. Steven F. Gaughan, who was killed in the line of duty. -- C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Susan Levine, Aymar Jean, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams and Philip Rucker and the Associated Press.