Update on Tourist Killed in Petworth Tuesday – Possibly Related to other Assaults in the Area

A reader sends the following report updating the homicide in Petworth Tuesday from a press briefing with MPD Chief Cathy Lanier:


Prelim info, Still a lot more work to do

Within past 48 hours, THREE separate incidents, assaulted or suffered head trauma

Not definitively linked – similarities that give us pause


Homicide on Tuesday April 24, 6pm – Gary Diedrichs, 66yo white male

Found unconscious, suffering from head trauma


Wed April 25, 3am, 53yo black male, 4800 block of GA Avenue – thought struck by car, only injuries were trauma to the head.

Blunt impact

Individual is still hospitalized


Wed April 25 8:40, 5600 9th Street NW – 37yo black female prelim investigation revealed struck in head by blunt object

Serious head trauma and remains hospitalized

10 block radius along GA Ave corridor


All 3 may have been walking alone at time of attack

All three suffered blunt force trauma to the head

May have been attacked suddenly and without provocation

Assaults occurred in small geographic area – 10 blocks – obviously until we get more info, residents in the area

Going fwd – anything you see or have seen suspicious, contact us, dial 9/11

Information about previous suspicious activity related – call police


Obviously we don’t really know what we have at this point – since it appears that all indivuals were alone at the time, ask residents to walk in pairs

MOTIVE – no apparent motive to include motive for robbery

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