The D.C. police have apprehended two teenagers in relation to the killing of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot while walking to work.
Last Thursday, authorities apprehended two teenagers from Washington D.C., Anthony Moore (17) and Marlan Smith Jr. (16), who are now facing charges that include first-degree murder, felony murder, and robbery. The charges stem from the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antonio Cunningham.
Around 4:30 p.m. on September 11, Cunningham was on his way to work in the 2300 block of Washington Place when three masked suspects in an SUV pulled up and assaulted him. During the attack, gunfire broke out, hitting both the 17-year-old and a man who had come to his aid.
The United States Attorney for the District of Columbia released a photo of Anthony Moore, 17, from Northeast D.C. and Marlan Smith Jr., 16, from Northwest D.C.
Upon arrival at the scene, an officer on patrol discovered Cunningham and another man with gunshot wounds. Both individuals were immediately transported to the hospital for medical attention. Unfortunately, Cunningham passed away shortly after, while the man’s injuries were deemed non-life threatening.
According to the teenager’s father, Cunningham was a student at Dunbar High School and also worked at Jersey Mike’s Subs. The grieving father shared this information while mourning the loss of his child.
Antonio’s father expressed his concerns about the current situation in the city and emphasized his intention to handle it peacefully. “I am trying to comprehend all that is happening around us without resorting to violence,” he told FOX 5. “To be honest, it is the worst situation we could find ourselves in.”
He expressed his sorrowful state by saying, “All my family and friends are grieving right now. I am deeply hurt.” During their court appearance on Friday, the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. On December 4, the accused are set to appear in court again. In the meantime, the judge has ruled that they must remain in jail without bail.
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