Dear PoP – Body Found in Alley by 11th and Euclid St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth November 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm 43 Comments

“Dear PoP,

There is a massive collection of police, comprising 2 paddywagons and a bunch of cop cars, including at least one detective, at 11th and fairmont. The Fairmont block between Sherman and 11th is closed off. The police won’t tell me anything, save to say “it’ll be on the news, sir.” Perhaps you can find out more?”

Another reader sends in the above photo and writes:

“My friend has the cops and media outside his house. Apparently they found a body in the alley behind the houses on Euclid, near 11th St.”

UPDATE: 4:29pm another reader writes that the victim is a “young girl”. More info as is it becomes available.

UPDATE: 5:03pm another reader updates – “a girl in her late teens, found in a super can, no other info.” There’s reason to believe they’ll be able to identify the victim.

  • A reporter told me they forms a body in a dumpster.

  • Sorry, I meant found a body…

  • Caroline

    Good Lord, what’s up with Petworth?

    • wiserpenny

      That is Columbia Heights, not Petworth.

    • Just Passing Through

      Petworth is one thing, but this is squarely Columbia Heights.

      • Caroline

        My bad. Thrown off by mention of Sherman. Unfortunately, same question still applies.

        • saf

          Sherman is entirely in Pleasant Plains (which is a sub-neighborhood of Columbia Heights).

          • Anonymous

            semantics don’t matter. someone is dead.

  • Just Passing Through

    Bad timing for the Monday afternoon rental option owner…

  • FoxyBrown

    Is it just me or has the shootings / bodies gone CRAZY since Vince won the primary? I swear I have heard more in that short time than I have in the 3 years I have lived in DC.

    • Eric


      • GDopplerXT

        Jeez, are people still doing this?

    • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        + 1. an older black guy in my neighborhood and i were talking about things backsliding lately. and i live right near this incident.

        • Anon

          huh? these are jokes, right?

    • nero

      Check it out, folks this is a prime example of the logical fallacy “false causality”. More reading; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_hoc_ergo_propter_hoc

    • kdc


    • propeller

      poverty profoundly increased in dc during fenty’s watch. the escalation of the unemployed in the last few years has been devastating.

      • Ace in DC

        Again, logical fallacy, the market crash plus uneducated/unskilled DC residents created the escalation of unemployment over the last few years, not Fenty.

        • propeller

          i didn’t say anything about cause and effect.

  • m

    Female body found in the dumpster in the alley between Fairmont & Euclid. Dumpster was near the entrance by 11th & Fairmont. Police arrived on the scene about 1:15PM today.

  • This is getting out of hand. There has been an enormous amount of violence of late, it seems, concentrated in a few block radius around 11th and Girard. I’d like to see round-the-clock police presence in this area until things calm down. The female body in a dumpster is a truly terrifying and depressing image.

  • Casey

    This is so sad. Disturbing for us residents, yes, but my heart goes out to the poor girl who died.

    • Anon

      and her family

  • propeller

    my god thats horrible.

  • willie woo

    Reason number 1,003,235 not to live in that neighborhood.

  • DCster

    I hope they catch whoever was responsible. It’s been tough hearing about all of these crimes lately.

  • Anonymous

    Did we miss the memo? WTF, all in a day or two, girl in dumpster, gang rape in the high school (what a joke, school answer is more security cameras??), jaw busted with teeth knocked out on Pennsylvania Ave? What web channel was that memo broadcast? Watch out, it’s open season! Such violent children in this city! How many of the DYRS 900 are running around this fine holiday season doing good deeds?

    • StubsDC

      Not to mention the grandmother who threw a two year old off the parking structure in Tyson’s…

  • Anonymous

    Honestly they put the dead girl in a trash can. I think this is clearly progress for DC. Usually the body is left in the street or kept in a basment for years. We should be grateful, I for one feel the thuggery is meeting us halfway here.

    Note that after enough years in DC you too will become callous at all notions of violent death. Its part of the assimilation process.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously?? That’s just f**king sick, dude. Where’s your soul?

      A PERSON was dumped in a trash can, like her life had no value. Like she wasn’t someone’s precious child. Like she was a piece of garbabe or something. No respect for her life at all.

      It’s so damn sad that this is a daily occurrence in DC and people seem to barely bat a lash at it. This city makes me sick sometimes. Homelessness at the steps of the capital and gang rape and murder a common every day event and politicians are still bitching about a 3% tax increase.

    • Micah

      Jesus, good example of the behavior outlined in a recent NYTImes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/opinion/30zhuo.html

      You’re not funny, tough, or anything other than a big freakin’ weenie.

      And I do want a beer at Meridian Pint.

      And I do want to know whether this girl/woman was mixed up in something shady, not that this would make her murder any more excusable. I just hope that folks get their facts straight before we’re back on the road to “super-predator” rhetoric…

  • Eric

    way to debate the importance of the name of our neighborhood, and whether this is a serious problem or a joke. for all of the people who live “outside” of our neighborhood – your insight is “poor”.

  • Kamal

    I know its hard for the folks in the comments to see it like I do, and I’m sure I’ll get flamed for this, but the way you talk about crime and the city and the neighborhood and victims and the criminals all has this undercurrent of accepted racial prejudice. I wish you would just say it out right, be done with it and go have your beers at Meridian Pint.

    • DCDave

      Kamal is right!! There is a tone of racial prejudice in many of the crime posts…its sad but almost all of these violent crimes are committed by young black and Latino men. In DC race and poverty are highly correlated. In the US crime and poverty are highly correlated. Fact —-There I said it!!

  • briefly

    Which comments specifically Kamal? The anon 2:03 to be sure, but perhaps that’s drunken sarcasm or something (not to discount its offensiveness of course if it offends you). Any others? Should we not talk of such things in order to avoid offending you, just go about our business like most people in the city do when dead bodies show up every 36 hours? People like our elected officials? Hmmmmm? Please, do tell, what’s an appropriate response?

    (a pint sounds great though)

  • Prince Of Petworth

    From CM Graham:

    “Apparently, the young lady had been reported missing from her home in suburban Maryland.”

  • Prince Of Petworth

    From MPD:

    “On Monday, November 29, 2010, shortly after 1:00 pm, units from the Third District were dispatched to the rear of the 1000 block of Fairmont Street, NW, to investigate the report of an unconscious female. Upon arrival, the units discovered the unconscious female in the alley. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and determined that death was apparent. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene and subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who ruled the manner of death a homicide.

    The decedent, a missing person from Prince George’s County, MD, is identified as 17 year-old Ebony Franklin of the 4600 block of Pistachio Lane, Capitol Heights, MD.

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

    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.”

  • E

    The Washington Post now has some more details:

    Acquaintances gathered Tuesday at the townhouse Ebony shared with her mother in the 4600 block of Pistachio Lane in Capitol Heights. Her distraught mother spoke briefly with a television reporter but was emotionally overwhelmed and shared no details about her daughter’s life.

    Others at the home also declined to speak with reporters. One man pulled a hood over his head as he arrived and threatened to “get my gun” and shoot several television camera operators if they did not stop filming.

    He then dashed across the lawn toward them, picked up a camera tripod and, wielding it like a baseball bat, threatened to smash a reporter’s car window before other people emerged from the townhouse and tried to restrain him.

    Before they led the man into the house, he tried to wrestle a camera away from one operator, knocking her to the ground in the process. She was not hurt.

  • Concerned Young Professional

    So tonight I was walking home from Harris Teeter to my house in Fairmont Street near the location of the incident related to this post. It was freezing cold. A man on a bicycle kept riding up and down the 1100 block of Fairmont, like he was a bored child on a summer day (i hope im not the only person who finds this strange for 10PM on a freezing cold night…) I waited at the corner until he finished with his creepiness. Then i continued my walk and once I was halfway down the block he returned to creepiness. Probably spooked over this horror related to Ebony Franklin, I ran the rest of the way home. When I got into the 1000 block of Fairmont I realized that I’m probably not the only person who is spooked.

    Yes, DC is filled with crime and murder, but this is something unreal. I feel like the District of Columbia Police should be “on the beat” in the environs of this incident for at least the next couple months after dark if not just to restore some sense of security for the current residents. This seems like the least the city could do for our morale.

    And, I also found a certain comment earlier to be completely disrespectful. Keep it to yourself. A 17 year old was brutalized to her death and then thrown away. And if the commentator doesn’t see what that implies, then he or she has been in DC way too long. And on top of that I feel like the reporters crossed the line in taping the wheeling away of the garbage can with the body still in it as though someone was taking out the trash. All of her friends and relations are going to have to remember that graphic for ever on top of accepting what has happened. I am truly “disquieted”…

  • Concerned Young Professional

    One other thing. The city, along with Howard University has severed this neighborhood from the lower, more vital blocks with the juxtaposition of Cardoza High School below the 1100 block of Clifton; the Meyer Elementary School and whatever apartments or housing project that are not on the street, but off the road like an institution or suburban apartment house below the 1100 block of Euclid Street; and the Howard lay-down space/parking lots of Howard University along with the vacant car dealership building and the Bannaker High/Pool also spanning roughly three blocks between Florida and Euclid. All of these places have almost zero vibrancy after dark. And the parking lots of Howard are the worst of it, and naturally they maintain this space on one of the plumiest streets left in NW. This is huge part of the reason why Sherman has not advanced further than it has, something needs to be down. I realize they aren’t going to demolish the schools or the projects, but they could at least pressure Howard and who ever else to restore the dealership building and to sell the parking lots for development. Even dorms along there if seem like row buildings would be good. And yes, there is a fire department on the corner, but they are extremely stand offish. I have walked by hundreds of times and none of them say a word or seem to want to associate with the community at all, its like they can’t wait to get back to MD. It is no wonder someone was dumped in an alley as all of what I just mentioned consumes between 10 to 12 city blocks in one cluster that is virtually dead after dark.

  • briefly

    I wouldn’t disagree with any particular point CYP, I’ll certainly never understand why crime is simply not a priority for the DC Council or the Mayor. They just don’t discuss it seriously, its a non-issue to them. When I really pursued my councilmember on the issue (Bowser) I was told I shouldn’t have moved to the area I lived in. CM Mendelson, who has controlled the Cmte on Public Safety for years, and who was just reelected overwhelmingly, told me I didn’t know what I was talking about when I tried to dialogue with him on the issue, that crime was not a big problem like I was making it out to be. I really don’t know where to go with responses like that, I supported Clark Ray versus Mendelson in the election and he got his ass kicked. Crime is just not an issue to the vast majority of the city. Frankly, my solution was to get out of DC, I can’t afford safe areas and didn’t feel there was any hope for change. Honestly I would have been happy in the Columbia Heights area but couldn’t afford decent parts of that either. I couldn’t take the heat, or rather I didn’t want to, so I got out of the kitchen. End of story and I am a vastly happier guy now.

    Re: the Sherman lots, word that I heard was that Howard is so upside down on their finances that they cannot afford to develop those lots and they hold them as collatoral on various financing deals that they are barely making minimum payments on. That’s pure scuttlebutt but they have been blight sources for decades at this point. Howard, for all its good points, has been a curse on that part of the city. I’d recommend staying out of their hospital as well!


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