Police find vehicle believed to have been used in the murder of little baby Carmelo Duncan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Police in Washington, D.C. reported that they believe they have located the vehicle used in the tragic death of one-year-old Carmelo Duncan.  The suspect vehicle was found in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

D.C. Metro police had been searching for a dark-colored BMW with temporary license plates of G51179. 

The toddler was shot and killed in Southeast D.C. on December 2.  The shooting occurred in the area of Central Avenue and Southern Avenue Southeast. 

D.C. police responded and located the young boy unresponsive. Police attempted life-saving measures while waiting for medical personnel to respond.  Medics transported the child to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Officers reported finding the toddler riddled with bullet holes. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said:

“There are no words for the sense of loss that our city will feel when they hear of this heartbreaking tragedy.  We cannot tolerate senseless gun violence, and we must continue to come together to have the tough conversations about what we must do to eradicate it. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the angel we lost, his loved ones, and those who know the agony of this terrible loss.” 

On December 12, friends and family members gathered to have a memorial service for the young child.  John Ayala, a person who attended the event and knows the personal heartbreak a situation like this causes, said:

“He’s never going to grow up. He’s never going to go to school.”

For Ayala, the pain is real considering he recently lost his grandson to gun violence.  He told NBC Washington:

“What we see right now, with the gathering of all these people here, they want these people that committed this heinous crime caught and brought to justice.”

Police have not released much about the incident other than to say that it appears there were at least two shooters involved in the altercation.  The shooters struck the vehicle at least ten times, striking the toddler several times.  Police reported that they found evidence that there was more than one firearm used to kill Carmelo.

Several mourners gathered together to remember the young one’s life along the route that Carmelo was shot and killed.  Those in attendance offered prayers for his family and loved ones as they processed this difficult time. 

Those who were in the group shouted “Somebody knows something!  Somebody knows something!” as they marched along Southern Avenue.  Their hope is that anyone who knows something comes forward so that the shooter or shooters can be brought to justice.

The young child is part of a violent crime increase in the city of Washington, D.C., but he is also the youngest victim of violence so far this year.  The nation’s capital has seen 187 murders this year, the highest in 15 years.

Additional young victims who lost their lives during acts of violence this year include Davon McNeal, 11, who was shot and killed by gunfire on July 4.  Malachi Luke, 13, was shot and killed as he was walking with friends to play basketball. 

Speaking about the loss of young life in her city, Bowser said:

“There are simply no words at the sense of outrage we all feel.  We’re all sick for the heinous crimes in our city…the havoc and pain that guns are causing our city.”

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CBS headline blames murder of children on firearms, framing article to vilify guns instead of criminals

December 5, 2020

Having now worked in the realm of journalism and reporting on newsworthy events for well over a year now – you begin to see certain trends when observing how other entities report on matters. 

Some may call it “spin”, others might call it selective editing or intentional omissions…but no matter how you paraphrase the act itself, it’s hard not to pick up on the patterns.

Take for instance when a firearm is used in a crime or series of crimes, such as this one article by a Philadelphia-based CBS station which is titled: 

“More Than 20 Children Killed By Firearms In Philadelphia In 2020, Almost Double Compared To Last Year”

Now of course, one could speculate that it’s merely a clickbait title and then just jumps right into the facts of the cases/investigations.

But within the article itself, it seems to carry a theme of the true-to-form evil all present within these children being harmed is the guns involved in the cases. 

One need only look at the carefully crafted manner of phrasing when the articles mentions the children hurt or killed within the city: 

“20 juveniles lost their lives to firearms in Philadelphia this year alone”

“14-year-old boy is gunned down”

“Another deadly shooting involving a child”

“23 victims ages 17 and under were killed by gunfire”

“That’s up from 12 children killed by guns during the same time last year”

“Neighbors in Olney are fed up with the gun violence”

Now, technically, all of the aforementioned are true statements. But look at the subliminal narrative attempting to be crafted here – with using terms like “killed by guns” and “killed by gunfire”. 

If one were to afford an honest assessment on the likely carefully chosen words throughout the article, one begins to see that the reader is being inundated with terms likening firearms to be the de facto perpetrators of these actual homicides. 

Folks, guns by themselves to do not shoot or kill people – people shoot or kill people. Now uttering things to the effect of ‘being tired of gun violence’ isn’t inherently bad, and many people innocuously saying things akin to that aren’t always decrying the tool used in a murder itself. 

A gun is nothing more than a tool…an instrument that can be weilded in many of fashions. Firearms can be used for sport like skeet shooting, perhaps hunting, and of course self defense. 

Like many other things, guns can also be used in the commission of a crime. But so can hammers, knives, commercial-grade explosives and incendiary devices. 

Yet when violent crimes are committed with knives or hammers, one doesn’t really see much vilification of the instruments involved.

For example, we’ll use the same exact CBS outlet referenced earlier to see how they reported an armed robbery with a knife-wielding suspect from back in May of 2020. 

Guess how many times “knife” (or references to) was used in the article?

Twice

Ready to see the context it was used in? 

“A suspect who pulled a knife”

“Police say the suspect pulled out a knife”

And nowhere in the article was there quotes of people saying they’re ‘fed up with the knife violence’, nor were there any snappy statistics of how many people were the victims of knife-related crimes nor how many people have been stabbed this year in the city. 

Obviously, crimes involving any kind of violence – especially lethal violence – are bad. But becoming hyper-focused on the instrument used to commit a crime can eventually result in displaced anger at a tool used rather than the root issue (which is the criminal behind the act itself). 

Someone intent on doing something criminally violent will find or develop a means to carry out said crime.

And while it is true a firearm can be dangerous in the hands of someone intent on maliciously harming people – it still boils down to the flawed individual and not so much the tool they so adopt. 

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