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Boy, 13, is shot dead by homeowner at 4am in Washington DC after he was ‘seen breaking into a car’: Outraged community demand cops reveal shooter’s identity

  • Karon Blake, 13, of Washington DC, was fatally shot by an unidentified homeowner around 4am on January 7
  • The homeowner claimed he heard noises outside his home and thought someone was ‘tampering with a vehicle’ 
  • Blake and the man reportedly got into a confrontation before the shooting 
  • Police found the teenager with multiple gunshot wounds and he was rushed to the hospital where he later died 
  • The DC community is now demanding the homeowner’s identity be released 
  • The Metropolitan Police Department and the US Attorney’s Office are discussing whether or not charges should be filed against the man  

A 13-year-old boy in Washington, DC, was shot and killed by a homeowner who claimed he was breaking into cars. The community is demanding the shooter’s identity be revealed. 

Karon Blake was fatally shot with a legally registered firearm on Quincy Street around 4am on January 7 by an unidentified homeowner who heard noises outside of his home and thought someone was ‘tampering with a vehicle,’ DC Police reported. 

The teenager and the man reportedly got into a confrontation before the shooting occurred, and after shooting him, the homeowner did perform CPR. 

Blake, who was found by police with multiple gunshot wounds and is believed to have been unarmed, was taken to the hospital, where he later died. 

Two other youths are suspected of fleeing the scene after the homeowner approached them. 

Police also said they found a stolen car in the area and believed the Brookland Middle Schooler had used it, according to NBC Washington.  

Karon Blake, 13, of Washington DC, was fatally shot by an unidentified homeowner on January 7. Blake and the man reportedly got into a confrontation before Blake was shot multiple times 

Despite the tragedy, the boy's school is remembering him as a smart and inquisitive young student who was oftentimes found with a book tucked under his arm

Despite the tragedy, the boy’s school is remembering him as a smart and inquisitive young student who was oftentimes found with a book tucked under his arm

Now, the local community is demanding the homeowner’s identity be released and that he be charged with murder. 

DC Police have said they are talking to the US Attorney’s Office to decide if charges should be fired. Identities are typically not released until charges are filed, but the community members are demanding a name now. 

‘Vigilante behavior is not the way to go about it,’ Frankie Seabron, a member of the DC Safety Squad – an activist group – said. ‘We really should value people more than we value property.’ 

DC Safety Squad Nee Nee Taylor told The Washington Post: ‘We cannot normalize people feeling that bringing a gun to a car break-in or a carjack, or anything involved in property, is a solution to decrease crime.’ 

Councilman Zachary Parker, of Ward 5, agreed, writing in a statement: ‘No car or material possession is worth a life – under any circumstances. I join Ward 5 residents in calling on the Metropolitan Police Department and the US Attorney’s Office to hold accountable the individual who took Karon’s life.

The Metropolitan Police Department and the US Attorney's Office are discussing whether or not charges should be filed against the man, who has not been named

The Metropolitan Police Department and the US Attorney’s Office are discussing whether or not charges should be filed against the man, who has not been named 

‘Our community’s healing is linked to the trust we are able to cultivate with those tasked with keeping us safe, and I believe our neighbors are entitled to knowing more about the circumstances of Karon’s death.’ 

Former Ward 8 member of the DC State Board of Education, Markus Batchelor wrote: ‘Karon Blake should be alive and his murderer should be in jail.’ 

Councilwoman Brooke Pinto wrote: ‘I’m outraged [and] sickened by the shooting of 13 [year old] Karon Blake. I’ve spoken to MPD Asst. Chief [and] will be following the investigation to ensure justice is served, although we can never bring back the life of this child. Gun has been recovered. My condolences to the Blake family.’ 

Democratic DC Mayor Muriel Bowser also commented on the incident, saying on Monday: ‘We would rather be talking about a 13-year-old going to school today than to talk about him being killed on our streets. And I am incredibly saddened by that.’ 

She encouraged those who witnessed crimes to call 911.  

The DC community and beyond are demanding justice for the teen and asking police to reveal the homeowner's identity

The DC community and beyond are demanding justice for the teen and asking police to reveal the homeowner’s identity 

‘I understand that people have a right to protect their property, but to go out and shoot somebody who’s not doing anything to you, I don’t think that’s acceptable,’ Chia Ukeekwe told NBC Washington. 

‘[Blake lost his life] over nothing, really,’ another resident, James Dickens, whose grandchild attended the same school as Blake, told the outlet. ‘We just living in some crazy times right now.’ 

Florida State Congressman Maxwell Alejandro Frost also supported the community, writing on Twitter; ‘You can replace a car, you can’t replace a child. Karon Blake should be alive.’ 

Despite the tragedy, the boy’s school is remembering him as a smart and inquisitive young student who was oftentimes found with a book tucked under his arm. 

Wendy Hamilton, who works at Blake’s school, said the young scholar often walked his younger siblings to and from a nearby elementary school and helped a classmate learn to play basketball, according to The Washington Post. 

A bouquet of flowers was hung up on a pole with a note that read: 'Karon we love and miss you dearly'

A bouquet of flowers was hung up on a pole with a note that read: ‘Karon we love and miss you dearly’ 

Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured) said she was 'saddened' by the story and encourage residents to call 911 if they witness a crime

Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured) said she was ‘saddened’ by the story and encourage residents to call 911 if they witness a crime 

She also said Blake liked to be hugged and was ‘very comfortable with who he was.’ 

Middle schooler Kynnedee Shaw, 11, said she saw Blake on Friday while they stood next to each other waiting for their parents to pick them up and he told her he’d see her on Monday. 

She described her fellow classmate as ‘funny, calm, and playful.’ 

Shaw said she found out about his death when her friend Face-Timed her to let her know. 

‘I just want to know why,’ she told the Washington Post. ‘Why did this happen to him?’ 

DC crime is up 46 percent compared to the same time last year. Six homicides have already occurred in the district since January 1. 

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