Woman Found Dead in Grace Deli at 7th and H St, NE

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From NBC Washington:

“D.C. homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was found dead this morning in a deli near the H Street NE corridor.

At this point, they are considering robbery as a possible motive.”

From MPD:

Shortly before 6:30 AM, members of the First District were on patrol when they were flagged down in the 700 block of H Street NE. Officers entered a business establishment and located an unconscious adult female inside. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services was requested, responded to the scene and determined that death was apparent. Members of the Homicide Branch initiated an investigation and the decedent was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The location where the occurred is 701 H St NE, Grace Deli, which was not open for business at the time. MPD Public Information Office will issued a press release after the victim’s family has been notified and detectives have an opportunity to consult with the Medical Examiner.

Updated press release from MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the fatal shooting which occurred in the 700 block of H Street, NE.

On Thursday, June 14, 2012, at approximately 6:15 am, a First District officer was flagged down by a citizen who notified him of an unconscious person in the 700 block of H Street, NE. The officer located an adult female, inside a business establishment, suffering from what was later determined to be a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and did not find any signs consistent with life. The victim was pronounced dead by a member of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.

The decedent has been identified as 64-year-old Hae Soon Lim of Rockville, MD.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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  • It was the owner right? Pretty sad.

  • and people wonder why so many deli’s have bullet proof glass..such a shame

  • I hope they have surveillance footage or eye witnesses to help catch this person.

  • Ugh – right up the street from my apartment.

  • I work next door and get my coffee there every morning before work. I can’t speak for anyone else, but June was always very kind to me. She will be missed.

  • I wouldn’t say the neighborhood is rough, but that “dead zone” between 6th and 10th streets can be.

    • I consider myself an urban person and am not scared off by crime but … the H street area is rough, one of the rougher “gentrified” spots in DC. No two ways about it.

      • that blows my mind. we all have different tolerances i guess, but damn, i consider h street pretty nice.
        comments like yours make me feel so low rent.

        • To consider H st “nice” is not to be a cool liberal dude — it is to be willfully ignorant of the poverty right before your eyes. There’s nothing “nice” about it — it’s a decrepit strip with some upscale restaurants parachuted in. It’s possible for poor neighborhoods to be “nice” and vibrant, but H st is not one of them. It’s never going to transform into a nice, mixed neighborhood — it’s just going to go straight to fully gentrified million-dollar houses as the parachutes increase. Note that I am not one of those people who rants about gentrification. I just think that H st is a very strange example of a patchwork between very rich and very poor, with nothing in between. Not nice.

        • i appreciate you calling me ignorant.
          i’m not sure what you mean by “cool liberal dude”
          but i do see the poverty.
          i also grew up ever so slightly above poverty, so while i don’t love poverty, i am not immediately repelled by it. i understand it. to you my thinking it is nice is ignorant, i get it, but i see things being cleaned up, i see stores succeeding, i see people enjoying themselves and vibrancy returning. i see a place i feel safe.
          you can focus on the negatives, ones i know very well, but i’ll focus on what i want to, and i have not been scared of anything on h street for at least 10 years now, so i’ll call it nice, despite you. you’re welcome to your patronizing judgement of me, i can see you are better than me and probably used to nicer things. but all of us, you, and the willfully ignorant are all part of this city.

          do you call your neighbors willfully ignorant to their face or do you save that for the internet?

  • very sad

  • broad morning daylight while most of us still slept, needlessly the life of an innocent pillar of the community is snuffed out. the criminals’ profits are not worth the life within, no way to swallow the preying on a peaceful soul who felt safe in this community. i’ll be at the vigil tomorrow at 5. we must join hands to honor her spirit and make this a safer place. RIP June Lim, we do not deserve you, we will never forget you. Love to her husband, son, family, and spirit.

  • Tragic, prayers to her family, friends and the neighborhood residents that treasured her. Such a sad loss.

  • Sasha

    Wow, I rode pass this crime scene on Thursday morning around 9. The medical examiner’s van was outside, yellow tape, etc.. now I am a native Washingtonian but never in my life have I witnessed an actual crime scene. It was a very chilling sight, even from the bus. I’ve been searching for an artivle on this story since Thurs being that I miss both morning and evening local news. What a sad story. I rode by again today, and saw her picture plastered on the store front. My heart sank. I am so sick of the senseless violence in DC. Unfortunately, this is nothing new, especially for that area. I’ve nevee been inside of Grace Deli, but my sincerest prayers to her friends, family and patrons who cared for her. Thanks for posting this story.

  • Was this the sort of Asian business owner that Barry was talking about a little while back? Asshat.

  • I would like to offer a very grateful thank you to all of those who attended the vigil and posted such kind words about my mother on the web.

  • Can’t help but immediately think of the comments made by Barry few weeks back. This tragic event is an example that the city needs public figures who will help lead and transform communities from activities of crime to prosperity. I also respect Lim’s courage to take the risk of operating a businesses in a lower income neighborhood, regardless of her race, knowing the higher likelihood of crime. She sounds like she was a lovely person. RIP.

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