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Md. boy, 16, shot dead in D.C.

A 16-year-old Prince George's County boy was fatally shot early Wednesday morning in Southeast D.C., police said.

Police identified the victim as Anthony Barnes of the 900 block of Nova Avenue in Capitol Heights.

Officers were called to the 2500 block of Fairlawn Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. for the report of a shooting, police said.

Police found Barnes suffering from gunshot wounds a few blocks away in the 2100 block of Fairlawn. Barnes was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crime call police at 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  August 18, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Maria Glod , The District  
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There is nothing good that can come out of a teenage hanging out in SE DC at 1 in the morning.

Posted by: jabreal00 | August 18, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sad that this in the only way this teens will learn...that's why they have a curfew, Another parent has lost their child and I don't blame them anymore..single parent maybe

Posted by: shadon1 | August 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

This will continue to happen as long as parents don't take responsibility, instill responsibility in their children, and honor curfews (or enforce their own curfews). spite of not keeping their kids safe or enforcing rules, they will have the resources and ability to have the RIP t-shirts printed by tomorrow. Can never figure that out...

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

How can you NOT blame the parent(s)?

A 16yr old out at 1am is bad enough. For him to be hanging in SE is worse.

Posted by: keedrow | August 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

how is that not studying, not doing well in school, don't be like "whitey", working out for you thugs?

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | August 18, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Very sad but hardly unexpected. Who lets their 16 year old out at 1 am...REGARDLESS of where you live?
I live in a county that probably doesn't have 2 murders annually and my kid isn't out past 9:30 most nights and I always know where he is. Living in PG and within that close of proximity to SE why would letting your kid out that late even seem like a sound parenting decision?
Queue the standard "take back the streets" mantra and candlelight vigil but nobody will know anything when the police ask...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 18, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

where was Ron Moten????

Posted by: CONCERN1 | August 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

where was Ron Moten????

Posted by: CONCERN1 | August 18, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this young man did not have parents. Many children are abandoned very early in their lives. Some children are emotionally abandoned in residence and some are wards of the State,i.e. foster care or some other institutional program.

This kind of tragic lost of life is not restricted to SE. Unfortunately, the impact of emotionally and physically abandoned children extends beyond SE.

Posted by: TooBad1 | August 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

simple city...typical

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | August 18, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

jabreal00 - for your information this child was minding his own business...he was not causing ANY trouble - he was simply walking home from the store.

coolchilly - YOU HAVE COMPLETELY CROSSED THE LINE... did you know these boys? they were FAR from being thugs. He was getting ready to graduate from highschool...he was a down to earth person. get your facts straight before you start the name calling.

This was a very smart boy who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is NO time for people to start to pass judgement. A family has lost someone very dear to them, do you really think they need to hear anything you guys have to say.

My heart goes out to his mother, brothers, and sisters. He will be greatly missed by MANY.

Posted by: arelyea22 | August 19, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

For all of you who are posting negative remarks about his parents, know that they are very good parents and he was visiting a relative and yes he is normally in the house. Where is the compassion, man you all sound so heartless, please don't judge until you know the whole story. He was not just a kid hanging out please believe that. Our love one is gone people please!

Posted by: dbrad1 | August 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

When have we as people become so HEARTLESS!!!regardless of anything a family has lost a young person who's life was cut way too short. The thing that boggles my mind is the fact that people obviously dont listein well he was visiting his brother which means the parents put him in the care of someone else. We are always so quick to judge everytime we hear S.E.

Posted by: noneofyourbusiness5 | August 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

arelyea22....thanx for stating the truth, because people dont understand what pain they are causing. They need to check themselves. In all truth this is a sad moment for me because another child has died due to the carelessness of someone else. And these unfortunate events have hurt my heart. My prayers go out to that family

Posted by: cccwellington26 | August 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Most of the previous responses given, I understand are your opinions, based upon another’s opinion.

The facts are:
This young man was not part of a gang or a thug, but a very smart child making plans for high school and qualify for the HS football team. He was not just hanging out at 1am in SE DC, but visiting a relative (which means in the care of another), who decided to go outside on a comfortable night to get a mid-night snack. No matter what time it is, if you are craving a snack you should be able to go outside and pick up one without being approached by some empty-headed individual. Tony was not the criminal but the victim; some of you in your speaking have that fact twisted.

There are many ways our youth (teens) can learn and having their lives taken from them is not one. Although some of you deem this to be the key way. Maybe you are the ones that need to go back and re-eval your methods of teaching and learning. There are many single parents in the US; and out of 100% there are 85% single mothers in SE DC alone. Some mothers may have had their children too young and the children reap the consequences of that; but other single mothers are trying to give and teach their children options. Now Tony is (was) from a two parent home, with a family who loved him very much and he them. It is not his punishment for deciding to venture out or break curfew with his brother to get a snack.

The problem is the boy that shot him, whether it was for money or the thought of having false power; no one really knows; but the truth of the matter is that Tony parents will never see what type of man or father he would have become. If any of you can remember what it was like at 16 year, would remember that it is an exciting time in your life, full of ideas, and no fear; whether the curfew was broken or not (many of us had disobey our parents) they should have been able to walk down the street and right back (so they thought). Remember his parents like many parents in the world thought that their child was where he was supposed to be….. can you truly say you know where your child is every moment… (DON’T LIE) there is no perfect child, not even you!

TooBad1, I do not know where you live, but crime is everywhere; whether making sure your children are in the house by 9:30 (how old??) or 10:00p, a criminal does not care what time it is, as long as he/she believes they can get away with it they will even try it in the school. Tony was not abandoned, but have and lived with his mother and father (2 parent home is rare).

Statics states that our black children are unlearned, thugs, gang members, abandoned, murderers, etc, this is wrong on so many levels; but there are some that want to keep that foolish thinking out there. When you can look at someone that looks like you and have a total disregard for life you have become a FOOL, as well as those that think being out at 1am is the victim's fault has allowed themselves to think like a FOOLISH MAN/WOMAN

Posted by: EyPoint | August 19, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

this was the death of my COUSIN for the people who are supporting and praying for the family thank you very much..and for all the people who are judging him just because you hear SE..where he's from had NOTHING to do with his murder...he was an intelligent, athletic, amazing, aring, sweet guy. He was on the church step team if you think you have the right to criticize him for an image that you created in your head you ar waaay past WRONG..instead of judging him you need to think about all of his possibilities..what could have been rather than what you imagine he would have been

Posted by: davette94 | August 19, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Here comes the ignorance "Maybe he snuck out of the house"..."A 16 year old out in that area that late at night is def looking for trouble and it seems he found it." WTH, says things like this less than 48 hrs after someone's death. Check your facts AIRHEAD suburbanites, always up on your damn soapbox. This was a GOOD KID! he wasn't looking for trouble, he minding his own damn business, 'chillin' with his big brother, looking for some chips and a pack of gum! Since when did doing THAT justify someone getting shot to death! Check your GD facts or or keep your GD mouth shut!

Posted by: reneearmstead | August 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It is disheartening to read some of these harsh remarks. A young boy is dead and instead of sending your condolences to the family, you chose to blame them. It's really sad. Just shows how many people out there needs JESUS in their lives.

Posted by: ms_pearlgreen | August 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of this teenager. It is a gut wrenching feeling to hear this type of thing especially when I have a 16 year old daughter. Over the summer there was an end of school year party right across from the 4th District police station and a shooting occurred which resulted in a teen life taken away suddenly. So no matter what quadrant you live in or state you are not exempt from the senseless crime or murders that are occuring. Sometimes you have to look at it from the other side and know this can happen to anyone...including those who are/were pointing fingers. Give the deceased and his family some respect...because again this could happen to you!!!

Posted by: trisheydon1123 | August 20, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Anthony was cool even though we werent very close we were friends. he really didnt deserve to die like that and at this age. i say whoever did this to him had no heart and i for one want whoever did this to one of my distant friends should be in jail for a while. R.I.P Tony I Miss You And We All Miss You

Posted by: Tinkerbell1018 | August 21, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

My prayers go out to Tony's family and friends. I'm older in age. I have read these comments some people have posted about Tony. Sounds like many of the people who have commented did not know Tony nor Tony's family.

Tony was different. Soft spoken, kind, well behaved, happy, loved life, loved his family, his friends, music, respectable towards people, a gentleman. Tony had a caring heart. Tony was always smiling. Tony was well kept (both of his parents) made certain Tony stayed looking nice, stayed happy, a productive member to society. Tony was responsible. Tony didn't hang out in the streets. Tony was NOT involved with drugs or drinking or robbing or gangs. Tony loved CHURCH. Tony liked nice girls (as he should) a VERY respectable young man. (open car doors for ladies) Music made Tony feel good. Tony had an incredible smile that would brighten up the world! The older people were proud of Tony; always LOVED to see Tony come around. Tony was special, unique and rare. Tony was a handsome young man. Wonderful INSIDE and OUT!

SHAME on the people who typed degrading comments! Know that GOD sees and hears all that we say and do.

Tony was not the problem. The world NEEDS more young men such as Tony. I cried reading some of these comments and felt compelled to reply in Tony's defense and Tony's parents and Family's defense!!! (while attempting to remain calm spoken)

Tony NEVER carried weapons!!! Who ever did this carried the weapon and was EVIL enough to take an innocent life and that person is STILL out in the streets escaping Justice! That person will KILL again (a bullet doesn't have a name on it)

If anyone knows anything flood the tip-line. Do it anonymous if need be. This could have been one of your family members. Put the guns away.

May GOD continue to surround Tony, his family and friends. Prayers go out to each of you.

Posted by: wisdomm | August 21, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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