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Father shot dead while at son's football practice in DC

Neighbors in the are fear the toll on young people of this seemingly unceasing violence.

WASHINGTON — Police are investigating after a man was shot to death in Southeast D.C. Thursday night.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting happened in the 1500 block of Mississippi Avenue SE. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was not conscious or breathing and the man was later pronounced dead. 

The man killed was identified by police as 36-year-old D Angelo Taylor of Suitland, Maryland. 

The shooting happened near a field where a youth football practice was being held, according to Brianna Burch, a public information officer for the police department. Another department spokesperson, Dustin Sternbeck, said Taylor was in the vicinity of the practice to see his son play. Police say no one at practice saw the shooting, but did hear the shots ring out.

"All you want to do as a parent is to watch your kid do what they like to do, and then something like this happens ... really unfortunate," said Smith Banks, who lives right across the street from the football practice field where Taylor was killed. 

Friends and family gathered at Taylor's home just a few miles away in Suitland, but said they were too shaken to talk to a reporter.

Taylor's death is the 142nd homicide of the year in D.C., a 2% increase over the same time last year. 

Neighbors in the are fear the toll on young people of this seemingly unceasing violence.

"I feel for the father," said Shireen Ferreira, another neighbor. "There is no safety out here."

Police are still investigating what led up to the shooting. They have not released any information about a possible suspect or suspects in this case and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (202) 727-9099 or text 50411. 


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