Slayings up in DC Region
(Washington Examiner) — Homicides in the Washington region jumped 17 percent in the first three months of the year, fueled by a spate of killings in Prince George’s County. Sixty-two people were killed in the first quarter of 2011 compared with 53 in 2010, highlighted by several high-profile slayings including a homicide at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda on New Year’s Day, the beating death of a yoga shop employee last month and the shooting death of a University of Maryland student. Prince George’s County saw 27 homicides — 16 in January alone. One of those killings — the Jan. 11 killing of University of Maryland student Justin DeSha-Overcash, 22, who was shot dead during a botched drug robbery — sent shock waves throughout the College Park campus. One long-time Prince George’s resident said she’s never seen crime as bad as it is now. “People are moving because they feel unsafe, but it’s not fair to people who have lived in these communities for years and years,” said LaVerne Williams, the president of the Lewisdale Citizens Association in Hyattsville.