17-Year-Old Arrested in Southwest DC Killing of 16-Year-Old

There was a surveillance camera directly above the abandoned public housing unit where Domonique Franklin's body was found, but it wasn't working

D.C. police say they have arrested a 17-year-old boy suspected of killing a 16-year-old boy last summer in an abandoned apartment near the Waterfront Metro station. 

Jwhan Simpson, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was arrested and charged in the Aug. 30 death of Domonique Franklin, police said Wednesday.

Simpson is charged with first-degree murder while armed.

Construction workers found Franklin's body with multiple gunshot wounds in a public housing unit in the 200 block of M Street SW. 

There was a surveillance camera directly above the unit, but it wasn’t working, police said after the killing. Information was not immediately released on how Simpson was identified as a suspect. 

The month that Franklin was killed, he went missing for two weeks. He was reported missing Aug. 14 and was found Aug. 28. Two days later, he was killed. 

A friend of Franklin's previously said that he didn't have any enemies.

"He actually had a good head on his shoulders," he said. "It's just surprising to see."

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