City Paper is not for tourists
We wrote about the Logan Circle murder earlier today. As many of you know, at around 3 a.m. this morning, a 35-year-old man was shot in the head and killed walking home from Fox & Hounds. The man’s name is Durval Martins.
Acting Lt. Brett Parson was on the scene of the shooting, which took place at 11th and Q Streets NW. We just got off the phone with Parson. Here is what he had to say:
“I was on the scene. It was horrible. We got a 35 year old who is dead as a result of an apparent gunshot wound and we got no suspects at this point. We have no motive whatsoever at this point.
The theory right now and it’s only a theory is we’re looking at it as a botched robbery and we don’t have any conclusive evidence of a motive….
He has a very large family. I did not know him. His family has been notified at this point. He has family as far away as Portugal and also California, locally he has a brother that lives in Virginia. He has many brothers and sisters. He has a surviving mother….
He was a waiter.”
Parson says he notified the family at six or seven a.m.: “It’s never easy to notify a loved one. It’s a task that no one wants to do. I can only hope that we do it in a sensitive professional way that somehow cushions it in some way. But there’s no way to do it and not be anguished. It’s the worst phone call you ever have to make.”