Lesbian Woman Shot And Burned Alive In Her Car In D.C.
Kerrice Lewis of Hyattsville, MD was shot multiple times and burned alive in the trunk of her car on Dec. 28 in Washington, DC. Although this happened over a week ago, there hasn’t been much coverage of the 23-year-old’s murder. Some speculate that’s because Lewis was a lesbian. As Blavity wrote: “Lewis’ sexuality was also rarely mentioned in reports leading others to believe that Lewis’ story has been pushed aside because of bias toward butch lesbian women and has not received the proper attention it deserves.”
In an article posted by The Upper Marlboro Patch, D.C. police issued the following statement about Lewis on Jan 2:
“At approximately 7:21 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, an unconscious and unresponsive adult female was discovered inside of the vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined there were no signs consistent with life.”
A local Fox reporter, Lindsay Watts, also tweeted about the incident, describing how Lewis was heard trying to get out of the trunk of the car while it was on fire:
There are no suspects in Lewis’ murder as of yet, but her murder might be linked to two others that happened the same day she was killed. According to The Washington Post, Lewis was friends with Ronzay Green, 23, and Armani Nico Coles, 27 who were also murdered December 28. William Sharp, Lewis’ grandfather, confirmed that his granddaughter knew them while talking with some of her other friends and noticing the social media connections. However, he told The Washington Post that he didn’t know if the murders were connected.
Here is the timeline:
At 11:20am, Green was shot in the chest and right hand coming out of a 7-11 in Northeast, Washington, DC.
About seven hours later, Coles was found lying on a roadway near I-295, fatally shot. He died at a local hospital.
An hour after that, at about 7:21 p.m., Lewis was found shot in the trunk of her burned-out car in Southeast D.C.
Only Green’s murder has a suspect – A local rapper who goes by the name “Jugga Knott.” “Jugga Knott,” whose real name is Dennis Whitaker, was arrested three days after Green was killed and charged with first-degree murder while armed.
Lewis’ grandfather stated that his granddaughter had a rather rough life growing up. Her mother died of a brain aneurysm in 2005, and her father was fatally shot on the front porch of a home in 2006. Lewis’ grandfather and his wife took her in after the losses. He said, “She made a few bad mistakes. [But] She was free-spirited and a lot of fun. . . . She would light up a room, just talking and laughing.” He also mentioned that she “was very excited because she had just finished taking some classes and was looking forward to taking some more.”
The Patch has also reported that DC police is offered $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.