By Emily Davies | Washington Post
For the first time in a quarter-century, the year’s homicide toll in Washington has surpassed 200 before October — a mark of surging violence that has angered and distressed local leaders, drawn scrutiny from Congress and made some residents question whether they can safely live in the nation’s capital.
On Tuesday, a teenage student was shot near Dunbar High School in Northwest Washington. Then a man was caught in a crossfire of gunshots in Southeast.
Never easy to lose a loved one to violence. You can feel long-time Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman’s pain after his son Blake was murdered Saturday along H St NE pic.twitter.com/4xakGycm4V— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@stevechenevey) September 26, 2023
And with three months to go in 2023, the annual body count could be among the worst since the late 1990s, when the nearly bankrupt District began its resurrection from economic atrophy, municipal mismanagement, widespread social dysfunction and rampant crack-fueled street killings that overwhelmed D.C. police in the last part of the 20th century.
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