Another 13-year-old Black boy was shot and killed in Washington, D.C. on the early morning of Jan. 7. The Metropolitan Police Department identified the boy as Karon Blake, but have not released the name of his killer, only referring to the person as a “homeowner.”
The unidentified homeowner claimed Karon had been breaking into cars. The person shot Karon multiple times. Police have not released specific details but said there was no indication that the young Black boy was armed.
Karon’s principal, Kerry Richardson of Brookland Middle School, sent an email to parents saying the 13-year-old was a “quiet and inquisitive scholar who loved fashion and football. Although he loved his neighborhood, he loved Brookland MS (the faculty & his peers) and the structure it presented to him even more. He leaves behind his mom and three younger siblings.”
“Property is not greater than life. Karon should be alive today,” tweeted D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson on Jan. 9.