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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 06/22/2010

Teen killed after party thrown by officer

By Washington Post editors

A 16-year-old District teen gunned down Friday was slain as he walked home from a graduation party held at a Catholic church and thrown by a D.C. police officer, ABC 7 reports.

The party was held in the basement of the Nativity Catholic Church on Georgia Avenue. The Archdiocese said a police officer had thrown a graduation party for her daughter on Friday.

Jamaal Bell, of First Street NW, left the party about 11:30 p.m. after a go-go concert. Several fights broke out during the concert and it was ended early, police said. About a half-block from the church -- and across the street from the 4th District police station -- Bell and two others were shot.

A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese said five to ten police officers were at the event either as guests or to provide security.

Bell later died at a hospital. The two other victims received non-life threatening injuries.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  d.c. police officer, go-go, party  
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Crazy that anybody would shoot at someone with 4-D right across the street and after leaving a place of GOD. The summer has just begun and already the knuckleheads are out and about.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 22, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

What a vicious and violent culture.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 22, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Remember when you graduated high school and the worst thing that could happen is that you got busted by the parents of someone's house your wrapped in toilet paper? Those days are gone. Glad I am not growing up in this day and age.

Thug culture has ruined everything and now it's a life-or-death situation when there's more than 3 people who get together.

Posted by: B-rod | June 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Take a look at the channel 7 story. It's interesting that the "graduation party" included posters promoting the band. Something smells fishy here with this cop's story. The cop needs to be investigated.
Also it would be refreshing if the church would use this as an opportunity to speak out as strongly against violence and guns as they do on the issue of abortion. There is a commandment that says something about not killing.

Posted by: blankspace | June 22, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

What a tragedy. For the kid killed and the persons celebrating their graduation. Our country has a serious problem with gun violence, yet we let the NRA run amuck intimidating our leglislators from doing anything about it. The 2nd Amendment is truly a curse upon this country.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 22, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

smart move having a go-go band play a graduation party. another idiot dc cop

Posted by: slim4 | June 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

A person steals your car and kills somebody with it. Should the authorities take away your ability to own a car? I do not think so. Well, the same goes for owning guns. Just because criminals acquire guns, then I should not be allowed to own a gun? I think not! As long as I am a law-abiding citizens I have the right to own a car, or a gun or miost anything else within reason. PLEASE quit blaming the law-abiding citizen for the actions of the animals that are being allowed to roam our streets.

Posted by: not4n | June 22, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

typical

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

just another dead/shot dc yout....

bet jamaal liked puppies and his grandma...

what's the score these days??

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 22, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Our country has a serious problem with gun violence, yet we let the NRA run amuck intimidating our leglislators from doing anything about it. The 2nd Amendment is truly a curse upon this country.
Posted by: PepperDr

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Cities like DC, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit have been "doing something" about it for years: total bans. And what has it gotten you?

Our country does not have a problem with "gun violence." We have a problem with violent people who use guns, knives, 2x4s, baseball bats, etc. Let's get rid of the violent people, not 2x4s.

If you feel the 2nd Amendment is such a curse, then why not move to a country where you can't own a gun? Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union would have been perfect for you.

Posted by: Hk45 | June 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Another go-go party, another problem. What the problem is that this is an acceptable way of life for the inner city. The only people crying out are the old school generation. All of this kids friends will make shirts, honor and remember him but then go out and revenge it by taking one or two more of them (the vicous cycle and way of life). People are trying to show them that there is hope or a way out of the ghetto but these kids just don't have the patience or the fortitude to make it happen... they accept this way of life and it is very sad.

Posted by: rvanags | June 22, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Go-go = bang-bang.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 22, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What is most disturbing to me is that there was a go-go party at a church. The church put this young man in a position for something stupid to happen by justifying unrighteousness.

I have never been to a go-go party, but I have heard enough to know that the type of dancing that goes on there violates where the Bible says that it is good for man not to touch a woman. I know enough about it to know that they lyrics in the songs aren't pure, lovely, or of a good report.

This young man is dead BECAUSE he was at a church function. A church that believes what I believe would not have sanctioned an event like that. The reason why people don't respect Christianity is because of churches like this.

Posted by: ronjon629 | June 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

PepperDR wrote, “The 2nd Amendment is truly a curse upon this country.”

Tell that to any one of the 2.5 million citizens who use firearms for self-defense annually in this country or any citizen who use firearms for other lawful purposes such as competitive and sport shooting, recreational shooting and hunting millions of times daily.
http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/KleckAndGertz1.htm

Posted by: willbill51 | June 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Our country has a serious problem with gun violence, yet we let the NRA run amuck intimidating our leglislators from doing anything about it. The 2nd Amendment is truly a curse upon this country.
Posted by: PepperDr

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Cities like DC, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit have been "doing something" about it for years: total bans. And what has it gotten you?

Our country does not have a problem with "gun violence." We have a problem with violent people who use guns, knives, 2x4s, baseball bats, etc. Let's get rid of the violent people, not 2x4s.

If you feel the 2nd Amendment is such a curse, then why not move to a country where you can't own a gun? Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union would have been perfect for you.

Posted by: Hk45 | June


PepperDr: I country was built on the second amendment. I will bet you a million dollars that the perp, if caught, had a previous record that prohibited him from having a gun; I will you bet 10 million that the gun was unregistered; proving that the District's firearm laws are nothing but an opportunity to sell blackmarket guns. The DC Council is responsible for all this gun violence. If the DC Council allowed law abididing citizens to easily obtain guns and to open carry and carry concealed; the violent crime in the city would fall be at least 75%. The DC Council would never do this since they would have to be mature and admit that their previous view on guns were so completely false as to be criminal.

Posted by: civilrightist | June 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

just think it was 1 week 2 the day this young man was killed,the mayor and 7 councilmembers,congreswomen norton,all was honering GO-GO at the D C Convention Center.it was a funeral 4 one of the legions of go-go,payed 4 by the fenty campiagn,he and ron moten took all the credit 4 making that happen.big crowd ,it was a funeral and the 6 city leaders that is running 4 re-election was knocking each other down 2 get the microphone,it was pathectic. they knew this was a african american crowd that they can't get 2 often. Not one of thenm mention about the bad rap that GO-GO is carrying in todays society.Granted it was a funeral,but 2 pander 2 this crowd because its election time,and not speak on the subject of what its doing 2 i'll young generation,was a shame. i was very upset with the political leadership of this city on that day. some of them are gonna have some very hot days in HELL because of that. have a good day...

Posted by: alleyes | June 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Ronjon: This is exactly why you don't accept journalism as the gospel truth (no pun intended). The party was not held in a chapel - it was held in a banquet hall completely removed from the church. The church does happen to own the banquet hall and has for decades. Since they do not use the hall often, they rent it out to support their bills. I don't think anything is wrong with that - Catholic churches throughout the US rent out their halls for Bingo and other "unGodly" things - a party just happens to be one of them.

Now, as to the type of dancing that goes on at these parties is another story. As you said, you've never been to one. Therefore, you cannot appropriately comment on what's done there. That's another source (or many) you obviously cannot rely upon for information. I HAVE attended go-go's and it depends on the band what type of people are attracted to the venue. This must've been a band for the teens, but there are bands (i.e. Chuck Brown) who caters to the older crowd - probably 35 and up. There's no groping, fighting, etc at these events - NONE. My point being, stop forming rash opinions based on where your mind leads you after reading/hearing a story. The church is not at fault here! The person who pulled the trigger, the officers on duty.....perhaps, but not the church for renting its hall to a trusted member of the community (a police officer). Come on!

As for the other insensitive comments (i.e. "go-go bang-bang" and "just another dead/shot dc yout....bet jamaal liked puppies and his grandma... "), your ignorance contributes to societal ills!!!!! You don't hear of people mocking teens for dying of acid/drug overdoses or head-injuries that lead to death after heavy-metal concerts/parties in the suburbs or drunken crashes with multiple dead victims. I'm not saying that these shootings are right (not in the least bit) or that any culture's violence is acceptable, but look at the reactions of one culture over another! They're all wrong, and you should be ashamed. And I bet you don't consider yourself racists either! NEWSFLASH: small comments like those toward one group and not another makes you one in many peoples' books. That's one to grow on folks!!!

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 22, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I think those "insensitive comments" are part of blog life. I just wish more were funny. If there weren't any, I'd miss them since they often are more interesting to read and read about then explainations for what happened whether based on facts or suspicion. I liked "have a nice day" comment too, so thanks to alleyes for that effort. Love & Peace

Posted by: sxsweet | June 22, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Uh, sorry. That's "have a good day"

Posted by: sxsweet | June 22, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Teen shot by a party thrown by an officer. . . So what in the words of Dick Chaney!! The private citizen who happens to be an officer is entitled to do as he pleases on his own private time! Just as the Catholic Church that rented banquet hall to private citizens! So what! It is unfortunate that the teenager was killed and I would like to send my condolescences to the family! Another young person gone too soon!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | June 22, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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