Mother Pleads for Help Solving 1999 Homicide

It's been almost 10 years since Edward Gray was shot to death while trying to help another crime victim. Now, his mother is asking for help in finding his son's killer.

"He was fun-loving, kind," Charlotte Gray said. "He wouldn't have harmed nobody."

Edward Gray was 29 years old when he was shot to death in southeast Washington on March 22, 1999. It happened when he decided to respond to a call of distress from his girlfriend's daughter.

"The [girlfriend's] daughter had called and said somebody had broken into the house and put a gun to her head," said Detective James Trainum, of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

That night Gray took his girlfriend to the daughter's house in the 4800 block of Alabama Avenue in Southeast to check on her. They were all going to have a meeting with police about the previous incident.

But Gray's good Samaritan actions were met by a hail of gunfire before that meeting could take place.

Someone opened fire and sprayed Gray's SUV with bullets that night, according to police. A single bullet struck Gray in the back of the head. He later died at Howard University Hospital.


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Investigators later determined that the bullets had come from two different guns. They also said there were others who may have witnessed the shooting.

Almost a decade later, Charlotte Gray is sure that somebody knows who killed her son.

"I have times that I get so angry, I can't contain it," said Mrs. Gray. "Not a day goes by that I don't think about my child."

Investigators have some leads, police said, but they still need more help from the public, and Charlotte Gray is making a direct appeal for any witnesses and suspects to step forward.

"It's been 10 years now," she said. "It's time to free yourself of that responsibility."

Anyone with any information that can help Charlotte Gray and police find Edward Gray's killer should call the D.C. police tip line at 888-919-CRIME.


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