WASHINGTON (WJLA) - On Thursday, two teenagers were murdered in D.C. within a span of just three hours.
The first happened on Halley Terrace in Southeast just after 5 p.m. Jonathon Adams, 17, who had attended Ballou High School in the past, was reportedly stabbed inside a building, then stumbled across the street before collapsing on the sidewalk.
On Friday afternoon, according to MPD, 24 year-old Mr. Jibril Abdul-Muwwakil was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the stabbing death of Adams.
Residents say this is an area with many older residents not used to crime like this.
"Normally you see older people out here, just socializing, listening to oldies but goodies, things like that.," says one neighbor.
The second murder happened around 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard of an apartment complex on Jay Street in Northeast. A 19- year old mother of two named Tykia Dickerson was shot and killed.
One mother who asked us not to identify says that there are scores of kids in the area:
"I've lived in D.C. all my life, it's just scary when you have to think to yourself, I need to get out of D.C., I'm tired of living in D.C., I don't want my kids to grow up in D.C."
Delores McNeil is also a D.C. native, and tells us: "I've seen how bad it was, the crime rate, and the drugs and everything...they've cleaned it up."
But now she and others are worried about this year's spike in the number of murders and the fact that the latest are unsolved: According to D.C. Police, there have been 21 homicides so far this year, while there were only 12 at this point last year.
"Somebody had to have heard or seen something, but it's a shame people don't want to talk anymore. It's really a shame."