Police Ask for Help in Solving Killing of DC Community Matriarch

WASHINGTON — The family of a woman shot and killed on her way to the store Monday said she was a fixture in her D.C. community. Now the police are reaching out to those who live there asking for help in solving her murder.

William Marrow, 52, spent Monday night telling his children and grandchildren the matriarch of their family was killed.

“People say she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I look at it like this, she was in the right place at the right time. Them people was doing something at the wrong time,” he told reporters following a police update.

Investigators have said Vivian Marrow, 68, was taking her daily trip to the store in her motorized wheelchair when she was shot in the head.

Since her death, the community is sharing the seemingly large role Marrow played in her neighborhood. Family said she always had her door open if someone needed a place to stay, handed out candy and ice cream to the kids and knew just about everybody.

“She wasn’t scared of none of them. None of them people up there because she watched them young kids grow up. So she wasn’t scared of them. It was the people outside that place that did that,” William Marrow said.

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D.C. Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said investigators now believe it was not an exchange of gunfire on Elvans Road that killed Marrow. They now believe it was a shooter aiming at someone else nearby. Another man was injured in the shooting. Police do not yet know if he was the target.

“A grown man who apparently had some kind of beef or dispute with someone else felt it was OK to fire multiple shots in the neighborhood. That reckless behavior has resulted in the death of a beloved community member,” Newsham said.

Investigators likely have surveillance video from a nearby street camera, but could not confirm if there are images of the shooter, citing the ongoing investigation.

Newsham is asking for the public’s help in solving the homicide that happened at 10:15 a.m. Monday in broad daylight.

Reach out to investigators anonymously at 202-727-9099 or text 50411. There is up to a $25,000 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction of the person responsible.

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