DMV artists to host celebrity basketball game to call for an end to violence in community
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
As family members prepare to say goodbye to 14-year-old Steven Slaughter, violence continues this week in the area where he was killed.
“And I was very sad,” said Steven’s cousin Gwendolyn Gaither.
Four people were shot at 16th and U streets in Southeast Washington on Wednesday, around the corner from Minnesota Avenue — where Steven was hit by a stray bullet on Sunday.
“We feel like we’re dreaming, that this is really not happening to Steven,” said Gaither. “He was doing very good with his grades in school.”
“People like Steven Slaughter and James Anthony Smith never even got the chance to plant a seed,” said recording artist Mike D’angelo.
D’angelo and Soundgate Studios are partnering to call for an end to the violence, through a celebrity basketball game on Saturday. The event will feature people like Fat Trel and Baby Shaq.
“Not only bringing awareness to what’s going on, but give different options to people that feel like they are trapped in these conditions,” said D’Angelo.
In the meantime, Steven’s cousin is hoping for justice.
“They should turn themselves in and accept the punishments,” said Gaither.
The celebrity basketball game starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Colmar Manor Community Center & Town Hall.