Resolution Honors Slain D.C. Council Intern

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010  |  Updated 12:01 PM EDT
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Resolution Honors Slain D.C. Council Intern

DC Council

Alonte Sutton

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D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray presented a ceremonial resolution to the mother of a council intern who was killed last month.

The Alonté Michael Sutton Posthumous Recognition Resolution was presented to Terriesa Sutton in the Council Chamber. It cited Alonte Sutton's contributions to the council.

Alonté Sutton, 18, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in a wooded area in May. Omare Cotton, 28, is charged with his murder.

According to authorities, Cotton allegedly threatened Sutton with a knife and slashed his tires after Sutton refused to give Cotton and his girlfriend a ride. Sutton flagged down a police officer, and Cotton immediately left the area. Sutton didn't file a report.

The next day, as Sutton was replacing his tires, Cotton allegedly threatened to kill him, and shots were fired, according to authorities. Witnesses said they had seen Sutton being chased into a wooded area by a suspect who was shooting at him.

According to authorities, Cotton admitted to slashing Sutton's tires and a physical altercation with Sutton but denied shooting him.

Sutton participated in the 2009 Council Youth Internship Program with Councilman Michael Brown's office.

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