Ash Wednesday: WJLA’s Report on Who Killed Donte Manning

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18: DONTE MANNING’S STORY

Donte Manning was just 9 years old when he was playing outside his Columbia Heights apartment building with other neighborhood children. It was a warm spring night in 2005 and it was Easter time, so there was no school the next day.
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Chaos broke out when someone opened fire at the corner of 13th and Euclid streets NW. One of the bullets struck Donte in the head, but he didn’t die on that street. He was rushed to Children’s National Medical Center, where, after 33 agonizing days, his family made the painful decision to take him off of life support. Nearly 10 years have passed and despite offering the largest reward in city history in the case, no one has come forward.

Metropolitan Police Homicide Captain Robert Alder told ABC 7 News, “Donte Manning was not the intended victim for this.”

He added, “There are people [whom] we believe would have information … regarding what was going on that evening and regarding who actually pulled the trigger.”

Donte’s family is too upset to talk about the case. But you will hear from a neighbor who was so moved by the tragedy that she wrote a book about the innocent 9-year-old boy and the killer who still walks among us.

BUY THE BOOK: WHO KILLED DONTE MANNING? by Rose Marie Berger

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