A 16-year-old killed as he was walking to his girlfriend’s house in SE D.C. comes from a family struck previously by tragedy.
Darius Cannon, a student at Anacostia, was one of 13 children. He was killed in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE just after midnight Sunday.
In 2007, his older sister Shaneeka Cannon was struck and killed by lightening in Maryland as she sought shelter under a tree.
At the spot where Darius was killed, a worker washed away the blood outside the apartment. While his mother chose not to speak, others did.
"Shocked outraged,” said Roxanne Smith, a family friend. “He wasn't that type of child. Why should somebody do that to him.”
"I just whoever did it or somebody saw something to come forward,” added an aunt.
Ward 8 School Board Representative Trayon White, who said the teen had been part of his summer program, sent out e-mails Sunday complaining the police were not investigating the case. It was a charge he repeated during the noon hour Monday.
Shortly after, however, police showed up with fliers that included a picture of the youth offering a $25,000 dollars reward.
Daruis’ aunt appealed for the public's help.
"I just want whoever did it or somebody who saw something to come forward because Darius wasn't a bad child he didn't deserve this,” she said.