Apparent Murder on 16th Street, NW Last Night – NBC Reports It is Co-owner of Coppi’s on U Street

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“Dear PoP,

Just wanted to let you know, there was a murder at the Woodner last night (apparently a woman was strangled), along with a murder 10 days ago in the same building.” Ed. Note: Commenters dispute any such crime occuring 10 days ago.

MPD sent out an email saying that they were investigating a “suspicious death” at the 3600 block of 16th Street on Monday night. They wrote:

“Members of the Third District were called to an apartment at 3636 16th St. NW for an unconscious person. An adult female was found dead of undetermined causes. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.”

I hadn’t heard any more details until the above email was sent in from a reader. I’ll be sure to update as more info becomes available from MPD.

Just got this update from NBC4:

“The co-owner of a popular U Street Corridor organic restaurant was found dead Monday night.

D.C. police received a report of an unconscious person at a home in the 3600 block of 16th Street NW at about 9 p.m., police said. They found 38-year-old Nora Amaya unconscious and not breathing.”

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  • That is really sad news.

    I can remember back when the Woodner was a really classy place. It was quite lovely. It must be a real hellhole now.

  • Uh, there was not a murder there 10 days ago. I would remove that from your web site before stirring up a whole frenzy. Check MPD’s crime stats before posting something like that.

  • Yeh, after a quick google search, the last murder I found there was in 2007 and it was not a random crime.

  • I alleged homicide 10 days ago, might not have been ruled a homicide yet… you can’t report a crime that hasn’t been committed

  • Yes but reporting that on a site which has become known as a news site for the area with no sourcing is irresponsible.

    PoP should have sat on that piece of info until he could confirm it with MPD.

    Otherwise this will get re-reported across the blogs with “According to PoP this is the second murder in 10 days.”

  • And according to PoP it is the second murder in 10 days… the market will determine his credibility, he’s entitled to post what he wants.

    You don’t know its not true, so how can you tell him what and when he should do it… boooyyy!

  • This is terribly sad news. I have friends who have worked at Coppi’s for years and many friends who have visited over the years, and I was fortunate to meet Nori and her brother many times. My thoughts are with her and her family.

  • I have several friends who live in the Woodner who have stated that indeed there WAS a murder there 10 days ago.

  • Creepy… I never worry about why the cops are outside when I get home, but I guess that’s why they were there last night? I had no idea she lived in my building, but it is truly a loss.

    And, btw, not everywhere in the Woodner is a hellhole. It’s still nice, for the price, at least. 😛

  • Woodner used to be nice but it is hellhole now. Old, unmaintained and really ghetto like. The reason? Called rent control. The rents are too cheap for a lot of people and they make the place just total shit. We continue having murders in the city, all because of rent control. Bad tenants can’t be moved out because of rent control and so they stay around and terrorize the rest of us.

  • The Woodner alone has TEN TIMES as many tenants as Kenyon Square and Highland Park buildings have–combined. That’s not an exaggeration. Woodner has 1100 units and several times that many tenants.

    It is easy to look at mere statistics by address and presume that The Woodner is a more ‘hellish’ existence than it really is.

    Godspeed, Ms. Amaya (whose first name, BTW, is Nori, not Nora).

  • “We continue having murders in the city, all because of rent control.”


  • I live on the 11th floor and am VERY close to where this happened. I heard the brother screaming and crying for hours last night. Apparently he had one of the staff open her door after not hearing from her for a few days. It was horrible. I was able to decipher him crying for his sister using what little Spanish I know. Ironically enough my lease is up this month. I’m obviously conflicted about what to do. I could have possibly been in an apartment within spitting distance of this when it happened and could do nothing.

  • As a Woodner resident myself I am extremely concerned about the level of security in the building; the building is notorious for housing some pretty sketchy individuals. Though security is adamant at times to log in tenants’ visitors, they often let people without key cards wander in after other tenants during all hours.

    I’m sure many of us will have trouble sleeping tonight. I hope for Ms. Amaya’s family’s sake that they find comfort in justice being served soon, though she will be missed in the community.

    To those who continue to post what they are not sure is correct information as fact, I suggest you look for more productive ways of spending your time (i.e. research).

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