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Stabbing Sunday Night at 14th and W St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2017 at 9:25 am 29 Comments

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From MPD (sent at 8:46pm):

“The third district is currently on the scene of a stabbing in the 1400 block of W St., Northwest. An adult victim sustain life threatening injuries on that scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 1400 block of W Street, Northwest on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

At approximately 8:05 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for a call of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult female, in the hallway of the building, suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 23-year-old Waliyatou Amadou of Northwest, DC.

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 responsible 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.”

  • anon

    I would love some more info on this one. I walk my dog close to that location almost every night because it is well-lit and high-traffic so it feels safer than the side streets. Does anyone know the circumstances of this stabbing?

    • GBinCH

      Apparently it happened inside an apartment building.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    WaPo is reporting that the victim died.

    • I was afraid of that, thank you. I’ll update with the full MPD report when it’s issued later today.

  • Neighbor

    Channel 4 news has identified the victim as 23 year old Waliyatou Amadou. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Stabbed-to-Death-Inside-Apartment-410117775.html

    I live next door. There was a Crime Scene Unit van and multiple police vehicles in the alley at around 11pm last night when I took my trash out but I wasn’t sure what had happened. So sorry to hear this happened to his young woman. Unfortunately, the camera that our building had on the back alley seems to have been removed recently. Not sure when or whether it was vandalized or removed by management. I have contacted our management to make sure it is replaced soon.

    • FridayGirl

      That article is written in a weird way. If she didn’t live there, was she visiting someone? Or was she somehow lured or forced inside and then killed? I walk by here a couple times a day so when I saw the crime alert I was a little worried even though it was indoors….

      • Neighbor

        I’d be interested to know the same thing. This alley is usually pretty active with people/cars but I doubt it was last night since it was very cold. There are usually residents using the back entrance of the buildings to unload cars, etc. and at certain times of day there are a number of presumably homeless people who use the services of Martha’s Table that backs up to the alley.

        As far as the residents of that particular building, other than groups of teenagers hanging out and often smoking pot in the alley or on the front stoop, the older woman who uses a stolen Target shopping cart to dumpster dive around the neighborhood, and residents shooting commercial grade fireworks in the middle of W Street until 2am on 4th of July, this building has never really been problematic.

  • anon

    This is horrible. It also blows me away that there are 111 comments of concern, outrage and ways to solve it about animal cruelty but just 5 on cruelty to our fellow man. I know that people are able to hold two thoughts at a time. But the interest in one versus the other is indicative of how much our concern for those around us has disappeared. Dog Lives Matter I guess.

    • Brooklyn Brawler

      Was thinking the same exact thing. Complete silence on this blog when a victim is of color.

      • FridayGirl

        There is also a real lack of information on this particular case that would direct people’s reactions and attention in the appropriate direction. Was this a domestic violence incident? Was it random? If there were more details it would be easier to advocate for better policy, etc. But there’s not much to go off of.
        If you find out any additional information that would help us be productively concerned, please let us know.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        What are you talking about? This is AWFUL, a horrible horrible crime and it’s incredibly sad. I’ve been monitoring this space to see when / if they could provide an update, which they’ve only recently done. I sincerely doubt that most people are ignoring this article because the victim was a human and/or person of color. Unfortunately, there is now nothing that can be done to save this woman’s life. The reporting is simply on the who/what/when/where. But it’s easier to get outraged and activated when there is a life that has not yet been snuffed out and the “bad guys” are easily identifiable, unlike a potentially murky murder investigation. That’s not to say people don’t care.

      • NW_DC

        I see your point of view but I offer another one to consider. There’s so little information out now regarding the murder. Once more info arrives there will likely be far more comments (especially if there is a picture!). As for the thought regarding the dog – I can see what you mean. I think, though, that people DO care more about the human who died. However, the dog article had an actionable thing that people can do (call x number) and it was ‘novel’, whereas murders in DC happen nearly every day. Regardless, every person killed in this city has a story, and I forsee there being far more comments on this page once more of the story, and a description of the victim, is released.

        • LittleBluePenguin


    • Vale DeVitto

      You should read more because this post is a combination of ignorance and nuts.

    • DCRpyalty


    • Patricia

      One cannot really deny that certain people in the district care about animals (cruelty , dog nappings, etc.) than people of color being murdered, killed, etc. To say it was because we don’t have more information on this particular case, is a cop out and plainly absurd. We don’t have a lot of information on say, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway or the murder of that guy shot outside of Shaw metro station. Yet a lot of people commented on those stories. One general example is the outrage over the gorilla shot or the lion killed in Africa with comparison to the outrage when a person of color is shot by the hands of the police, even when they are unarmed (not to imply that being armed or doing something illegal means that a mere policeman should determine you get the death penalty, but that’s the default argument some people like to rely on).

      Also, saying that you do care and have been checking the website for updates does NOT negate the fact that a majority of people do not care. Simple logic, it’s quite annoying when someone gives a general statement, and then someone tries to negate it by giving their own experience. It’s not relevant.

  • Anon

    I would hope that is true. But the cynic in me thinks that the amount of time, money and energy spent on dogs by the “pop”letariat is far higher than what is spent on the poor and disenfranchised in this city. It’s a sad but hard truth most would not like to admit.

    • FridayGirl

      Who said that either the victim or the killer in this case were poor or disenfranchised? That’s an assumption.

    • facts

      The $500 I gave to the humane rescue alliance pales in comparison to the tens of thousands of dollars I paid in taxes last year, but thanks for your holier-than-thou derision.

      • Timmy

        Please don’t conflate taxes and charitable giving. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t continue to donate to the Humane Society or WARL or City Dogs or any other animal related charity, but there are also tons of people-centric charities in DC (and elsewhere) that deserve consideration too.

        • facts

          it is factually incorrect to say that I spend less money on the “poor and disenfranchised” (which is an odd/rude assumption to make about this young lady) than on pets given the amount I spend on taxes vs. my gift to the animal rescue alliance. sorry the facts don’t have the correct liberal bias for you in this case.

          • Timmy

            Please don’t start ranting at me about my liberal bias. You don’t know anything about me. All I am saying is that if the original poster’s (Anon) argument is that certain people in this city (without calling those people names, and I’m not saying you are one of them) donate more to animal related charities than people related charities, I think he/she has a point. Taxes =/= charity.

          • facts

            the OP didn’t mention “donating” they mentioned spending, and I’m quite sure I spent a hell of a lot more on the “poor and disenfranchised” last year than I did on animal rescue. This sort of shaming from liberals is a major reason why Donald Trump is going to be our next president. Making people feel like they’re heartless bigots unless they are 100% in line with the latest PC thinking has turned the majority of the country against the liberal ideals I used to also espouse.

          • Timmy

            facts – you’re coming across as very angry and defensive. I don’t know what Anon’s intent was. My read was the “spent” part was time and energy and not money. Money would be donated. Not paid through taxes. Frankly, I’m not totally sure why I’m responding to you, as you’re posting anonymously (my name is Tim, nice to meet you), and you’re making some really ludicrous assumptions (liberals? PC?) and what does Donald Trump have to do with any of this?

            My only point is that I don’t think you should equate your taxes with donations, and I stand by that point. And frankly don’t think it’s a controversial, PC, liberal, or whatever label you want to throw out there point.

  • Neighbor

    For background on the building (1424 W Street NW) and its residents see this Washington Post article from 2015: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/02/09/the-complicated-history-of-a-d-c-block-smeared-by-rep-shocks-former-adviser/?utm_term=.9a8c2ef028f4

    • textdoc

      Thanks for the link — interesting reading.

  • Tom

    This is just horrible. I didn’t know the victim but I hope her death does not go unsolved, and that her killer does not slip through the cracks of the justice system.

    • NW_DC

      Agreed! Looking forward (gloomily) to PoP’s update

  • FridayGirl

    Slight update: NBC Washington said on tonight’s news that the victim’s father was formerly a driver for the Togo Embassy and that she lived with/near her brother and sister (not at this address, as was previously noted).


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