Ronih Murat Pacal via GoFundMe

Meagan writes: “another local restaurateur in Petworth and immigrant was murdered [in Takoma Park] this past week. He was one of the owners of La Villa Pizzeria in Petworth.”

The GoFundMe says:

“It is with heavy hearts that we reach out to you today to share the tragic news of the untimely passing of our dear friend, Ronih Murat Pacal. On December 5th, Ronih’s life was cut short by senseless violence when he fell victim to a robbery.

Ronih leaves behind a devastated family—his loving wife and two young children, aged 4 and 6. At 40 years old, he had so much more life to live, and his sudden departure has left a void that can never be filled. Read More

“Dear PoPville,

Two brothers were shot and killed at the local restaurant they worked. I’ve chatted with these guys several times over the years they have worked there. The community is heartbroken by these senseless acts of violence.”

You can find the fundraiser for the family of Octavio Quintano Villanueva and Osmin Quintano here.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a shooting that killed two men in Northeast, DC. Read More

From an email:

“Lena puts the magic in Santa’s sleigh!

With 3 toy drop off (gas) stations, she makes sure there are gently loved regalos to go the whole way
By way of Ethiopia 20 years ago, she now makes sure other migrant children have a holiday bright
Toys drop offs and top offs and to all a good night!

Lena, a deep-hearted community leader, distributed food for us out of one of her five gas stations during the pandemic. Now she brings Santa to 3 of her stations to ensure migrant children have gently loved toys. This is not an abstract concept for her. She came here 20 years from Ethiopia as a Black muslim migrant and knows intimately what it is like to live with little. See it all here and find your way to 1 of her stations in the DMV or all 3!



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