Northeast DC

Alexandria Teen Fatally Shot in Northeast DC

Damari Deon Wright was found dead in a vehicle on Hayes Street NE, police said. He was 17

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A 17-year-old boy from Alexandria, Virginia, was fatally shot Saturday evening in Northeast D.C., police say. 

Damari Deon Wright was the victim, police said Sunday. 

Twelve juveniles have been homicide victims in D.C. so far this year, the Metropolitan Police Department told News4. That many young people were killed in all of 2021.

Officers responded to the 3500 block of Hayes Street NE at about 5:25 p.m. after gunshots were reported. Wright was found dead in a vehicle, police said. 

A number of officers could be seen near an apartment building and wooded area. 

No information on a suspect or possible motive was immediately released. Anyone with potentially relevant information is asked to contact police. A reward of up to $25,000 is available. 

Wright is among a number of young people recently shot and killed in D.C., including 16-year-old Levoire Simmons, who was killed in Northeast on Tuesday.

Michael Jefferson, who lives near where Wright was killed, said he was worried.

“I just got a message for the youth: Stop the violence. Stop the violence,” he said. 

Resident Tydreya Williams also said the killing was weighing on her. 

“You never know what could go on when you walk out,” she said.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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