“There is someone out there w/ the key piece of info on the death of Charnice”says Chief. Please help solve her case pic.twitter.com/tl8t9Nfpw1
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) May 26, 2016
Charnice Milton, a Capital Community News reporter who primarily covered areas east of the Anacostia River, was murdered a year ago this week. Her killing is still unsolved.
At a press conference with the Metropolitan Police Department this afternoon, Milton’s stepfather, Ken McClenton, said, “It’s not enough that we come out here and hand out flyers.”
“We have to end the tolerance that we have in D.C. not just for violence but for murder,” he said. “We’re watching the degradation of our society.”
McClenton said Milton’s family and families like theirs—including that of Tamara Gliss, whose May 2015 murder is likewise unsolved—are seeking “satisfaction that can only come through justice.”
Milton was shot on May 27, 2015 in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE by a person on an ATV or moped. Police say she was not the intended target.
Police Chief Cathy Laniersaid “there’s a small number of people that know the facts” about unsolved homicides like Milton’s. Lanier, who declined to provide details about the ongoing investigation, again asked that anyone with information contact MPD.
In the year since Milton’s death at age 27, her family has established The Open Heart / Close Case Campaign to raise awareness about unsolved murders, NBC4 reported. Syracuse University, where Milton received a master’s in journalism, recently established a scholarship in her name.
Milton’s family will hold a vigil and canvassing event tomorrow at the intersection where she died.