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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Victim Identified in Yesterday's Homicide on Trinidad Ave NE

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There was some online chatter yesterday about a man found dead on a porch in Trinidad, and a bit of confusion because it was originally discussed as a shooting. The press release from MPD provides a bit more detail on what the Washington Post says may have been a fatal beating (cause of death still pending).

Press release:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 1300 block of Trinidad Avenue, Northeast, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

At approximately 7:58 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious male. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from apparent trauma to the head. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The decedent has been identified as 29-year-old Michael Vest, of Northeast, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.

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