Woman Killed Protecting Mother: Family

The family of a woman fatally stabbed southeast D.C. Wednesday morning says the victim was trying to protect her mother.

Antoinette Mitchell, 29, lived with her mother, Michelle Mitchell, in an apartment in the 3200 block of 13th Street SE, near the Congress Heights Metro Station.

About midnight the mother’s ex-boyfriend showed up and refused to leave, the family said. About 4 a.m., the victim threatened to call police if the man wouldn’t leave.

He complied, the family said, and the victim followed to make sure he was gone and the door locked behind him.

“He pulled it back open and said, ‘Oh you want to act gangster-fied? You want to act gangster-fied?’ And he pulled out a knife,” Michelle Mitchell said. “When he pulled out the knife, my daughter hit him upside the head with the iron. When she he hit him upside the head with the iron, he stabbed her multiple times.”

“She was very protective of her mother, so if that was the case -- she was trying to protect her mother -- I can understand that,” said the victim’s aunt, Geraldine Mack.

Police arrested 40-year-old Earl Johnson, of northeast D.C., on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder while armed.

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