Spree of violence adds to spike in DC homicides

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- There has been a spike in homicides in the District this year; last weekend seven people were shot and three were killed. For the families of those murdered, the pain may just be beginning.

Sandra Johnson's 26-year-old daughter Sherry Larnam, the daughter of a D.C. police detective, was murdered during a spree of violence over Memorial day weekend in 1990. Now, 24 years later, with her daughter's killer serving life in prison, the pain has not gone away.

She says it all comes back to her every time she sees a murder victim's parents on TV or hears about a murder.

A triple shooting in Northwest on Sunday took the lives of 21-year-old Donchell Thomas of Montgomery Village, Maryland and 20-year-old Derek Price of District Heights, Maryland. A third victim was injured in the shootings. Police have arrested 36-year-old Jimmie Fleming and charged him with two counts of First Degree Murder While Armed and one count of Assault With Intent To Kill.

Johnson, who lives in Fort Washington, works with a group called Parents of Murdered Children. She says only people who have gone through the murder of their child can truly know how it feels and that the parents of this weekend's young victims should seek help from her organization or one like it.


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