DC Singer Fatally Shot After Weekend Performance

A local singer was shot to death after a performance in southeast D.C. early Sunday morning.

Omar Rogers, 25, was shot in the parking lot behind the Uniontown Bar and Grill in Anacostia about 3:50 a.m. Rogers, known as Big O on stage, had just finished performing at the bar. He was in his car when a red car pulled into the alley. A man got out of the car, approached Rogers, said something to him and opened fire.

“Suddenly you see his right hand, there was a gun,” said Gabriel Tripodo, one of the owners of Uniontown. “Boom, boom, boom.”

Eight shots were fired, and Rogers was hit five times. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Crushed me man,” said his brother Sean Savoy. “First when I got the text about what was going on, then I got another call later on that he passed away, it broke me down so much emotionally that I was lost. I didn’t know what to do after that.”

Savoy, is a freshman wide receiver at Virginia Tech. He was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday after catching nine passes for 139 yards, including a 53-year touchdown, in a 23-10 defeat of Boston College Saturday.

“He was my No. 1 fan, No. 1 supporter,” Savoy said.

Those who knew him described Rogers as a young man who stayed in his lane and tried to provide for his two young sons.

“He was just an all-around good kid,” said his father, John Savoy. “No rough, mean spirt in his body.”

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