Man, 18, Arrested in Shooting Death of Teenage Girl

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the death of a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Northeast Washington last week. 

Dekale Bowman was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Taiyania Thompson, police said.

Thompson was shot inside an apartment on the 1000 block of Mt. Olivet Road Northeast on Jan. 25. She died on Jan. 28 in the hospital.

An arrest affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says Bowman told a witness the shooting was an accident. Police said Thompson and Bowman had been dating for eight months, according to The Washington Post.  

Thompson's grandmother, Tammy Carter, said this isn't the first time her family has experienced a violent death.

When Thompson was 5 months old, her father, Dennis Wayne Carter, was shot and killed on 21st Street and Maryland Avenue in Northeast. He was only 17.

"My heart is torn to pieces. She's only a year younger than he was when he passed. It's crazy," Carter said. "It just brings back so many memories, like it just happened yesterday."

Thompson's father is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, near where Thompson was shot. Carter said Thompson was devoted to her father's memory and would often go visit his grave. 

Thompson told her grandmother she wanted to buried at the same cemetery as her father when she died, but no one expected that to happen so soon or in this way.

"I don't even know how we're going to get through this," Carter said. "But we're strong, we're going to fight through it, we're going to make the best of it and we're going to keep her memory alive and his."

Carter said she'll remember her granddaughter's smile and caring personality the most. 

"She was bubbly," Carter said with a smile. "She would never harm anybody. She'd give you the shirt off her back. That's how sweet she was."

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