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Brother of Graham's chief of staff fatally shot

Calvin Lavonne Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff, was killed Wednesday night in a shooting in the 800 block of Barnaby Place SE.

Woodland, 18, is the son of the late Calvin Woodland Sr., a prominent community activist with deep ties to the local African American community.

Calvin B. Woodland Jr. has worked for Graham (D-Ward 1) since his first election in 1998. In December, Graham promoted him to chief of staff to succeed Ted G. Loza, who has been indicted on bribery charges.

According to a police statement, Calvin Lavonne Woodland was found lying in a parking lot near his home about 10:30 p.m. Woodland, who had been shot multiple times, was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information in the case. Graham's office sent an e-mail to council members Thursday morning stating that the Woodland family would hold a vigil Thursday night at 828 Barnaby St. SE starting at 6 p.m.

-- Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 28, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Details, please. I think we'd all like to know how this came to pass. Even if the full story isn't available, please tell us about this young man and his family.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | January 28, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Just another drug deal gone bad.

Posted by: checkered1 | January 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Just another drug deal gone bad.

Posted by: checkered1 | January 28, 2010 3:13 PM |
Were you there?

Posted by: ENJOYA | January 28, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This Graham character sure has a lot of drama following him around. You people in DC truly get the government you deserve..

Posted by: wewintheylose | January 29, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

I agree with weeintheylose. I also agree with ENJOYA. Who gets rob and get shot seven times. Who would want to rob a 18 year old with no job or high school diploma. Wait, you would rob a 18 year with no job or high diploma, you would rob of him for his drug money. They are trying to paint a perfect picture of this young man. Hhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm.........

Posted by: TANYA02 | January 29, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I am thoroughly ASHAMED for and of each of you on this blog! How dare you impune this young man or his family. It seems that each time a young black male is killed he has to be or it has to be a drug deal gone bad. What about when young college kids are robbed and killed do the same rules apply, I think not.

This young man had just started a new job and was headed as we wish all of our young men would, in the right direction.

You each should be ashamed of yourselves, no one and I mean no one deserves to be brutally murdered for whatever reason...Oh, and get over the drug thing. I worked for Federal Government for over 20 years and the biggest drug users and purchasers are your lawyers, doctors, and upper echelon employees, why do you think that most government agencies do not make employees submit to a drug test, because half of them would not be employed, starting with Congress!!!

Posted by: lacairaine | January 29, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

get mendelson and his stooge y. alexander on the case ASAP.

Posted by: billthrice | January 30, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

@lacairaine, I dare you not believing what those people posted. I saw for myself how that young man would always fight his mom not just him but his other brothers. Great, he was going to start a job. He stayed in some much trouble, his brother Calvin had to protect their name, so they found him a job. Lacairaine, just think who would shoot a 18 year old seven times, if he was getting rob. Did they say the night before he was fighting someone. No, they tell the media what they want to hear. They must protect Jim Graham good name.

Posted by: f2ish02 | January 31, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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