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13-year-old Karon Blake’s tragic killing sparks calls for justice and examination of lethal force policies

The fatal shooting of 13-year-old Karon Blake, a Black middle school student in Washington, D.C., has sparked widespread outrage and calls for justice. According to the Metropolitan Police, Blake was killed early Saturday morning after a man in a residence in the 1000 block of Quincy Street, Northeast reported hearing noises and seeing someone he believed to be tampering with vehicles. The man went outside with a registered firearm and had an interaction with Blake, during which he fired his weapon and killed the teenager.

The man responsible for the shooting has not been identified or arrested, and authorities are working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine if any criminal charges should be brought. The community is demanding answers and accountability, with local lawmakers and community groups calling for the release of the shooter’s name and any evidence related to the incident.

The school where Blake was a student, Brookland Middle School, is offering mental health resources and counseling to support students and staff. The school’s principal, Kerry Richardson, described Blake as a “quiet and inquisitive scholar who loved fashion and football,” adding that he was loved by his family, friends, and community.


D.C. Council member Christina Henderson tweeted, “Property is not greater than life. Karon should be alive today.” Ward 5 Council member Zachary Parker said, “He was a son, brother, friend, and student who should still be here. I am deeply saddened and outraged by Karon’s killing. No car or material possession is worth a life — under any circumstances.”

The community is organizing a meeting to hear residents’ concerns and questions surrounding the case. Groups like DC Safety Squad, Ward 5 Mutual Aid and Harriet’s Wildest Dreams are demanding the release of the shooter’s name and any visual evidence.

This tragic incident raises important questions about the use of lethal force, particularly in instances of suspected property crimes. It highlights the need for a thorough examination of the actions of the shooter and whether they were in line with the law and with the principle that property should not be valued more highly than human life

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