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Arrest in deadly August D.C. shooting

Washington Post Editors

A Northeast Washington teenager police said is a gang member has been charged as an adult with murder in the Northwest D.C. shooting of a Catholic University student in August.

Police said Eric D. Foreman, who turned 17 on Sept. 18, allegedly shot and killed 31-year-old Neil M. Godleski as the victim was riding his bicycle in Sherman Circle, in the Petworth neighborhood just north of the university campus.

The shooting, which police said was part of a robbery in which Foreman claimed he got $60, occurred shortly after midnight Aug. 22.

Foreman, arrested Wednesday night, made his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday. He was ordered jailed without bond on a first-degree murder charge.

Citing ballistics tests, police said the .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun that Forman allegedly used to kill Godleski was used by another gang member in a different shooting the day before. The firearm has not been recovered, police said.

Quoting witness accounts, police said Foreman fired four to five shots at Godleski, who was riding his bicycle in the circle. After Godleski fell from the bike and was attempting to get up, police said, Foreman approached and fired at least two more shots at close range. An autopsy showed that Godleski died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

Godleski, who lived on Ingraham Street NW, worked at a restaurant on the city's Southwest waterfront.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post Editors  | September 23, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Juvenile Justice, Paul Duggan, The District, Updates  
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Comments

Immediate steps must be taken to terminate any welfare benefits (SNAP, TANF, etc.) paid to the mother or grandmother on behalf of the accused. He ain't coming home again!

Posted by: wagtdn | September 23, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

When will it end,the availability of gun's to young black men in the city and around the nation has got to stop! another innocent victim is brutally murdered because this thug got his hands on a gun,he will spend the rest of his life behind bars, hopefully.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 23, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Every time I see a racist comment when it comes to someone black who commits a senseless murder I will bring up the guy in VA who killed his neighbor because of a "speed bumb". Thank you

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 23, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The question needs to be raised about this kids prior conduct. Was he involved in crime as a juvenile? If so, what was done and why was he the community?

This story is like several others I have read over the last year, but with a different juveniles name. I'm sure in the coming days we will learn more and find out the truth...and how the system failed. DC Juvie system is a joke.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | September 23, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

This victim forgot that when you are in a jungle, you better be armed!

Posted by: numbersch13 | September 23, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

wait, when the heck did petworth become "just north" of Catholic's campus?

Posted by: Moomoomoo | September 23, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

There are many, many places in the world that have much less violent crime than DC. They didn't get that way because of some incredibly effective juvenile justice system. They achieved their low crime rates by not letting their kids grow up to be criminals in the first place. Perhaps we should focus our resources and policy efforts there.

Posted by: vfr2dca | September 24, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

it's really Too Bad that DC does NOT have the Death Penality, it's too many crime's committed by our young people and they are getting away with it,because they know that they will, Do the crime, Do the time or Die for it, Man up if you are going to do the crime then get what ever the punishment is, age is NOt and excuse for any crime period.

Posted by: onesugar | September 24, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

The gun didn't shoot the victim, the criminal did. It's not the gun, it's the society.

Posted by: Calabrese99 | September 24, 2010 5:29 AM | Report abuse

This is a positive development. I have been waiting for news of an arrest in this case. Now we wait to see if the suspect's age results in lowering the charges.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | September 24, 2010 5:44 AM | Report abuse

There is so much that could be done to attack the problem: better schools and after school resources, more qualified police, strict enforcement of the law, and swift imposition of the death penalty for those who commit these crimes. There should be a rocket-docket for capital offenses, from the trial court level all the way through each appellate level.

Posted by: VelaFella | September 24, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

This makes three. Two shot and one stabed in a four by four block area this year.
4D is on vacation?

Posted by: jjgrah | September 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope it really IS this kid. Too many times, the cops are so keen on making a quick arrest that they will take anyone fitting the descriptions into custody. Not to mention how quickly others might jump in that bandwagon to protect the real killer, especially within rival gangs.

Posted by: DCteacher | September 24, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Liberal politicians like Phil Mendelson and the DC Council soft on crime and "savages".

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 24, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Are you people soft in the head???

The shooter is a snotty-looking piece of crap WHITE boy!

I hope he gets raped and murdered in prison.

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