WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The reality of the 1200 block of C Street NE is far from what most would envision of a District neighborhood awakened with Christmas Eve gunfire and a dead neighbor on the street.
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On Christmas Day, a memorial candle burning on the sidewalk was the only evidence left of the murder of resident Jason Emma as neighbors grappled with sadness and the threat of an unexplained murder.
"That just doesn't happen here," said a woman walking her identically dressed basset hounds. "There's a lot of children who've moved in."
In addition to shock, neighbors expressed sadness and new fears.
The neighborhood is about a mile from the Capitol, brimming with well maintained homes and young families.
Christmas day, neighbors quietly walked their dogs - and in one case a cat - and children played on the street with newly open gifts just feet from where the victim, Jason Anthony Emma, had been found shot to death in his car.
Police found Emma "slumped over the steering wheel" in his car at about 2:15 Monday morning.
Shortly after an August nearly fatal beating near Eastern Market, an official said there had been six assaults in that Capitol Hill neighborhood, about a half mile away, in 2012.
Residents say the transitional neighborhood around the 1200 block of C Street NE has made large strides over the past five years in recruiting professionals and new investments in property.
They acknowledge car burglaries and other property crimes, but say serious assaults, or in this case murder, are fears this neighborhood hadn't feared openly in years.
On his Facebook page, the victim, 28-year-old Jason Emma
, said he worked in finance and was and an alum of O'Connell Catholic High School in Northern Virginia and Florida Atlantic in Florida.
Neighbors say Emma's car was parked 12th Place NE and C St. They say he had just moved into the neighborhood and lived about a block and a half down the street.
The Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement offering up to $25,000 in reward money for information leading to a conviction in any DC murder.
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