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The D.C. Police Department have announced that detectives have made an arrest in the Calvin Woodland murder case. A press conference has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at police headquarters’ third-floor line-up room. The 18-year-old was shot and killed in a parking lot on the 800 block of Barnaby Street SE in late January. He was shot seven times.
The murder received a lot of attention. Woodland is the brother of Councilmember Jim Graham‘s chief of staff Calvin Woodland Jr. His father is the late activist Calvin Woodland Sr.
“We’re very relieved here,” Graham says of the arrest news. “Of course it’s an allegation, not a conviction.”
Reginald Rogers, 18, has been charged with the murder, according to Graham. “What I am understanding from our own sources here, they had a fight some weeks earlier and that seemed the justification. That’s what we’re hearing,” Graham says. “I don’t know what the justification was. That’s one thing that had been suggested. They had been beefing in other words.”
“It’s been very challenging for everyone here,” Graham adds. “[Calvin’s] managing as best he can.”
Fox 5 reported at the time of the murder:
“D.C. Police say 18-year-old Calvin Woodland was standing in the parking lot of the apartment building where he lived when at least two people approached and announced a robbery.
The teen is the son of community activist Calvin Woodland, Sr., who passed away in 2000.
D.C. Police say the younger Calvin Woodland was shot multiple times as he stood in the parking lot. He was known as ‘Pouda,’ a nickname his father gave him, and he had just landed a job at a Southwest recreation center, where he was due to start work Thursday.
His family and the people who knew him best say they are devastated.”
*file photo by Darrow Montgomery.