Police Suspect Connection with D.C. and Prince George’s County Homicides

by: Brianna Rhodes Special to the AFRO
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A 27-year-old man was found shot to death near Interstate 295 on the Maryland-D.C. line on Dec. 28. Police said Armani Nico Coles of Northwest D.C. was found around 6:20 p.m. at the Kenilworth Avenue and Eastern Avenue roadway in Capitol Heights, Md. according to Fox5DC.

Armani Nico Coles, 27, was found shot to death on the Maryland-D.C. line in December. (Courtesy Photo)

Coles died at a hospital in Prince George’s County. Police are still investigating his death, which they believe is connected to two other deaths on the same day.

Authorities said Coles was shot in the upper body and believe that he was pushed out of a vehicle after he was shot. They have yet to determine the location of the shooting, according to Fox.

Coles was a custodian at a D.C. Elementary School. Police think that Coles death was linked to two other killings that happened within the same day, according to the Washington Post.

A GoFundMe page has been created to aid Coles’ family with funeral expenses. As of Jan. 8, $2,996 has been raised. According to the GoFundMe page, Coles was a loving and devoted father to his son, Damani.

Coles’ mother, Amber Coles, declined the AFRO’s request for an interview.

Kerrice Lewis, 23, was found in the trunk of her burning Lexus in Southeast, according to authorities. She was also shot and was found an hour after Coles’ body was found about three miles away.

“She made a few bad mistakes,” William Sharp, 56, a resident of Hyattsville and Lewis’ grandfather told the Washington Post. “She was free-spirited and a lot of fun . . .  She would light up a room, just talking and laughing.”

The other shooting occurred earlier in the day on Dec. 28. The victim was identified as Ronzay Green, 23, a resident from Northeast D.C. Police said Green was shot in the chest and right hand as he walked out of a 7-Eleven store in Northeast, according to the Washington Post. Dennis Whitaker, 23, a resident of Northeast D.C. was arrested as a suspect. As of Jan. 8, Green’s homicide is the one and only homicide in D.C. There have been three homicides in Prince George’s County as of Jan. 8.

According to police, the cases seem to be linked because all three victims knew each other. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham told the Washington Post that he believed the victims were friends.

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