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News 4 says it’s all connected: A non-fatal August shooting, the robbery and fatal shooting hours later of of Catholic University student Neil Godleski,and the killing of 16-year-old Prince Okorie last month in Petworth.
Sources told News 4 last week that “friends” of 20-year-old Eric Foreman, who’s been arrested for allegedly shooting Godleski, suspected Okorie had “snitched” to cops. According to an arrest warrant for Raymond Roseboro, Roseboro and several others approached Okorie at about 4:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Delafield Place NW on Nov. 30. But it was Roseboro who cops say pulled the trigger.
Okorie, a Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS) ward, had been placed at a home just a mile away from his old neighborhood—which, it can be assumed, put him in danger. Roseboro himself was in and out of the juvenile system. If he’s guilty of murder, that experience doesn’t seem to have done him much good. Ongoing reporting by Washington City Paper’s Jason Cherkis points out that DYRS has a lot to answer for regarding its approach to helping juvenile offenders in the District. But Okorie’s death is about more than the failure of a single city department.
The District has a habit of ignoring the struggles of its youth until blood is spilled. In the interim, life in the city is all about new development projects, tighter noise ordinances, and increased police foot patrols in up-and-coming neighborhoods. As Washingtonians examine and address the problem of juvenile violence, one wonders what would happen if we could harness the awesome power of D.C.’s self-regard.
Roseboro has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec 21.