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Fort Dupont Park murder victim ID'd

Washington Post editors

A homicide victim found shot in Southeast Washington last week was identified Tuesday as a 43-year-old classical singer from Temple Hills who frequently performed in the chorus of the Washington National Opera.

Don Diego Jones, of the 2100 block of Anvil Lane, was found dead in Fort Dupont Park about 4:30 p.m. on June 8, D.C. police said, adding that his body was on the ground near his parked car. The slaying remains under investigation.


Jones performing "Porgy and Bess" for the National Opera (Washington National Opera)

Like others in the chorus of the Washington National Opera, Jones was not an opera employee but an independent performer hired on an as-needed basis, said Michelle Pendoley, a spokeswoman for the opera.

She said the size of the chorus varies depending on the production and that Jones, a lyric tenor, had appeared regularly in productions since 1996.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post editors  |  June 15, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Paul Duggan , The District , Updates  
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Here we go again. Let's see how this victim met his untimely end. I'm thinking attempted car jacking at this point, but let's wait and see.

Posted by: keedrow | June 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Don was one of the most gentliest souls in Washington. We are losing to many good people by the hands of bad people. People putting material wealth before human life.

DC needs to implement the death penalty. Our jails are full of the people pleading the sorry lines - now its time to implement the death penlty.

Posted by: sun52shine | June 15, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

With the "Ready to Die" mentality well saturated into the black culture , I wonder if the death penalty would make a difference to those lost , hopeless as they call themselves "dogs" , "goons" and "gorillas" ! Presently I think it is worth trying I concur that to often coast to coast noncriminals bare the brunt of these creatures!

Posted by: Icitizen | June 15, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

lcitizen needs therapy to deal with problems associated with hate. Young people of all races are fighting the demons of self hate and violence towards others. Our schools are riddled everywhere. However, not to be distracted, I hope the D.C. Police department fully are able to catch the assailants who cut off the life of such a kind, jolly, talented and loving husband, father, son, and friend.

Posted by: trudat1 | June 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Don Jones was a great man and will be greatly missed..He was funny, had charisma and brought sunshine to each and everyone life. I don't understand how all are good people, are great ones are always be taken from us. Yet, in due time we all will see that wonderful, excellent person, Don Jones again..."In jesus Precious Name, Amen"

Posted by: kcsendme2002 | June 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Don Jones was a great man and will be greatly missed..He was funny, had charisma and brought sunshine to each and everyone life. I don't understand how all are good people, are great ones are always be taken from us. Yet, in due time we all will see that wonderful, excellent person, Don Jones again..."In jesus Precious Name, Amen"

Posted by: kcsendme2002 | June 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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