An arrest was made Friday in a fatal shooting on a relatively short street in Northwest Washington that has one of the most grisly crime histories in the city.
Keandre Barber, 19, of Suitland, Md., was charged with first-degree murder while armed in the June 19 fatal shooting of Juan Marcell Grant, 29, of Northwest Washington, police said. The shooting happened in the 700 block of Princeton Place NW.
On that block two months earlier, Breon Austin, 16, was shot and killed in his house by someone who burst through the back door, according to an account confirmed by police.
Those two killings came more than 20 years after the 700 block of Princeton Place NW achieved notoriety. In 1997, the bodies of three women were found separately inside houses in that block.
The first of the women was found May 8 of that year. She was described in The Washington Post as at least the eighth person killed on that block in the previous dozen years. After the third body was found on Nov. 18,
“the neighborhood was in an uproar, it was panic,” the third woman’s daughter told The Post in 2014.
Ultimately, the police identified a man who they said was a serial killer who had targeted women living on or near Princeton Place. Darryl Donnell Turner was convicted in two deaths and was given a life sentence without parole. Meanwhile, the area gentrified and, as of 2014, homicides had all but vanished, the Post account said.
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