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Fenty, Chief Lanier to Announce Homicide Arrest

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier have scheduled a news conference for Thursday evening to announce an arrest in the murder of Calvin LaVonne Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff.

His older brother, Calvin B. Woodland. Jr., said he got a call from the homicide detetive on the case Thursday afternoon informing him that police had charged a teenager with murder. Woodland said the suspect and his brother, who both are 18, had known each other since elementary school, but the two were not good friends.

Woodland was killed Jan. 27 in a shooting in the 800 block of Barnaby Place SE. He is the son of the late Calvin Woodland Sr., a former boxer and prominent community activist who worked with youth for more than 30 years.

Woodland, 47, said his brother wasn't perfect, but "he was in the middle of changing his life." He said he was pursuing a GED and had just gotten a job and he was shot the night before his first day of work.

"[My brother] and this guy crossed paths and had a fight about two weeks earlier," the elder Woodland said. "This probably was revenge for that fight."

Woodland said that he was surprised that police had made an arrest so quickly. "Someone said to me, 'I'm really happy for you,' but nothing is going to bring my brother back. I'm happy they closed the case but I’m more happy for someone else’s brother who’s not going to be victim of [the suspect] and that someone else isn't going to have to go through what our family has gone through."

Fenty and Lanier will officially announce the arrest at police headquarters, 300 Indiana Ave NW, third floor, at 6:30 p.m. Woodland said he will be there.

--Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  March 4, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Homicide , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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I sympathize for the deceased, but it's always the same song and dance every time:

"he was in the middle of changing his life." He said he was pursuing a GED and had just gotten a job and he was shot the night before his first day of work"

Posted by: CapitalTruck1 | March 4, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree with CapitalTruck1 comments. If they are changing, it takes a commitment to change your actions along with your ability to reason rationally, also

Posted by: rkayblock1 | March 4, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Nothing "changes a life" like death...

Posted by: demtse | March 5, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

My sympathies to the families.

Kudos to the MPD, and its homicide detectives who work hard, and are seldom recognized by the public or press.

Well done MPD!

Posted by: | March 5, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I pray the Woodland family continues to be strong. Please protect the great legacy
that Calvin Woodland Sr worked so hard for,
Calvin Jr I know you dad is smiling from heaven very proud of the man you became.
Keep up the good work and continue the dream of your dad to save as many young people from the streets of DC as we can.

Posted by: mysay4 | March 5, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

A lot of teenage boys in the inner city don't mind shooting someone to resolve a fight/dispute no matter how trivial/minor the reason for the argument/beef is. It's not always drug deals & gang battles. It can be the craziest/stupidest/silliest thing. You think to yourself, "You murdered someone AND screwed up your life because of THAT?" Now you're headed to prison for 20-30 years.

How many young black men in DC between the ages of 15-29 have a gun? 50%? 75%? More?

A lot of these knucklheads don't want to be "saved" or turned around by police, social workers, clergy members, teachers, etc, in the community. To their mind, they have heard it all before & they don't want to know. What can you say that they will hear, accept & act on?

Being a career hardcore criminal/thug is something that appeals to a lot of these guys. They see people who work for minimum wage as suckers.

Find me another country in the world where guns are as prevalent. You can't do it. No one beats the USA. We're #1 & far far away from #2. Go to Scandinavia, Europe or Japan/Korea. Complete opposite of the USA. They look at their nightly news & the Web & think we're nuts. It's like something out of a Hollywood movie.

Posted by: uncivil | March 5, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Hotelguest0 I am responding directly to your racist comments. I am sure you find it very easy to look at one or two instances and paint an entire culture with that same brush. However, as a parent with two African American sons under thirty with Masters Degrees that are hardworking law abiding homeowners I am totally offended by your comments. As in the case with the shooter at the Pentagon I find it difficult to condemn an entire culture based on the actions of a few. If that was the case what do the Jeffrey Dahmners and the Columbine shooters say about their cultural representations. It is very easy to post anonymously and denegrate others, a true champion steps from behind the veil of anonymity and offers a suggestion or a helping hand. Any fool can throw a rock in a crowd just to see what up and become a part of a solution not an anonymous race hater.

Posted by: swimmer11 | March 5, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

To Hotelguest0: You seemed to have confused the victim with the "perp." Calvin Woodland was the person shot, not the shooter.

Further, people of all races and cultures have a tendency to see only the good in thier close relatives and deny the possibility of bad behavior in those they love, often out of a misguided intent to protect their loved ones.

Posted by: chuckgoetz | March 5, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

What else could anyone expect after willingly associating themselves with Jim Graham. I mean what kind of lessons could this kid have been learning, "it is best to put the cash, hundred dollar bills are preferred, neatly into fresh , clean, brown paper sandwich bags." Donations of art and antiques are best delivered directly to the residence.

Posted by: SoCali | March 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So, why the need for camera time for Fenty and Lanier?

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

30 year ago difference between brothers? Same father? Might explain alot.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

30 year ago difference between brothers? Same father? Might explain alot.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I am confused...Calvin Sr. named BOTH of his sons Calvin?!

Posted by: coconutz82 | March 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear the young guy was trying to change his life. At least his older brother wasn't in denial about his young brother's prior lifestyle. It's all about effort-at least he had made a decision to turn around-1.going for his GED, 2.was to began employment--that said enough. Yes maybe it's the same old story over and over again-but we have to start somewhere. I applaud him-even in his death, although these are sad times for his family-but the applaud comes because-if only for a little while-something different had happened for young Woodland. The word tells us--he/she without sin to cast the first stone--I don't think anyone can claim that--what's your secrets and/or hidden agenda(s) that you hope and pray no one ever finds out because of the ugliness of it's behavior--in other words we all do things or have done things one time or another-some in the dark, some in the light--that if we could do over again and/or make a change-we would--therefore, stop judging and start loving-because when you really give yourself a reality check-we all have friends and/or family and/or know someone-that do what they have no business doing regardless--the word tells us "those things I don't want to do, those I do, and those things I want to do, I do not do. Face up-we can't hate the person-but we can hate what they do, we can't judge that person only judge the ugly deeds they do.

That young bother that killed young Woodland--for what-because our morales and principles on life have stooped so low as to--not being able to comprehend a fair fight inwhich he probably lost-therefore, he felt it was destined to take something as valuable as life? Shame on him--God gives life and should be the only force to take it away. Now he and his family will suffer the consequences of sin--sorrowful-pitiful-if we only take time to think, inhale, exhale, and be rational, alot of this fooliness and foolish thoughts will not occur. Let's pray for all the lost souls and don't forget to pray for ourselves--because believe it or not-it's really an independent choice- JESUS is coming back-and people are going to have MUCH to answer for in his day of reckoning.

Posted by: lemon1 | March 5, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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