Daughter Charged in Mom's Murder at Columbia Heights Apartment

A 54-year-old long-time resident of Columbia Heights was found dead inside her apartment Thursday -- the woman's daughter has been charged with the murder.

Neighbors told News4 they saw 30-year-old Keiva Hooks screaming and yelling in the courtyard of an apartment in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW. Police responded to the area just after 5 a.m. for an aggravated assault and found Keiva outside.

Police were then led to Keiva's first-floor apartment, where they found the body of her 54-year-old mother, Tajuana Lynn Hooks. Hooks, according to charging documents, had blood on her face and more coming from the back of her head.

Keiva, who suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident, was charged Thursday evening with second-degree murder while armed in her mother's death.

"They were quiet, very respectful people. It's a sad thing because they had no trouble. I thought they got along perfectly," one neighbor said.

Another neighbor said Keiva has an 11-year-old daughter.

"It's sad. I feel so sorry for the little girl," she said.

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