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Ethiopian man shot dead, 2 wounded in Washington DC

Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia living in Missouri and Kansas are shocked to learn that their friend Berhanu Taye was shot to death on May 24 while on a visit in Washington DC. Police is investigating the crime. Berhanu, who moved to DC about one year ago, is survived by this children and ex-wife Beletu Desta. The family can be reached through the Ethiopian Community Kansas City, Tel: 816 682 8088 (Contact person: Ato Solomon Reta).

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WASHINGTON — D.C. police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and two others injured in the city’s busy Shaw neighborhood.

Detectives spent hours searching for clues at the scene of the 2 a.m. incident near 9th and T streets.

Police said someone opened fire on the victim, striking him multiple times. Two others suffered graze wounds. They were expected to be fine.

A resident who lives nearby said he heard about 10 gunshots in a row.

The shooting happened in the city’s Shaw neighborhood, near a section of the popular U Street corridor that has seen deadly violence before.

Last June, a man was shot and killed inside a restaurant. And in January 2007, 17-year-old Talisha Ford was fatally shot inside a club.

Her death prompted the city to install police cameras in the area.

A business owner whose flower shop is right next to the shooting scene said police have increased their presence since those earlier shootings. But he would like to see more officers on the streets.

“It’s not like Georgetown or Adams Morgan,” he said. “We’re not getting the same attention but we pay the same taxes.”

City officials said the police camera on 9th Street may show part of the crime, or at least some of the people involved.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call D.C. police at 1-800-673-2777.

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5 thoughts on “Ethiopian man shot dead, 2 wounded in Washington DC

  1. It is a tragedy.Let us hope it is not devil(woyana) motivated.

    May Ato Brhanu rest in peace and may his family have the strength to go on.

    From a fellow Ethiopian

  2. Sorry about the death of this fellow. It is bad enough to suffer an untmely death and to die in such what appears to be sensless cause is pathetic. May his soul rest in peace and my condolence to his kins.

  3. We are being confronted on all sides by people with concealed weapons, without knowing when such lunatic people will strike at some of us, their daily victims.

    The motive unknown, the killer on the run, the victim an Ethiopian, the ex-wife left with his children, all eyes are on the police to catch the criminal. When such tragedy hits some of us Ethiopians unexpectedly, we all long to go home so that we could share our sorrows with our extended family and get comforted quickly. Yes, comfort comes wherever we are, but it takes time, and may the Almighty God (haialu egziabhere) give eternal rest to Mr. Berhanu Taye’s soul and lasting solace to his ex-wife, Wizero Beletu Desta and to those lovely children of theirs!

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