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D.C. homicide up 75 percent after murder of 2 teens on Thursday

Police search the crime scene where Tykia Dickerson was shot.  She was one of two teens murdered Thursday in D.C.
Police search the crime scene where Tykia Dickerson was shot. She was one of two teens murdered Thursday in D.C.Tom Yeatman

Washington, D.C. --- Two District teenagers were murdered Thursday evening bringing the city’s homicide total for 2014 to 21, a 75 percent increase over this time last year.

In the most recent killing, police say officers from the 6th District responded to a reported shooting in the 3600 block of Jay Street NE around 8:30 p.m in the Lily Ponds Neighborhood. That is where they discovered 19-year-old Tykia Dickerson of Southeast. She had been shot in the abdomen and was still alive. EMS personnel took Dickerson to Prince George’s Hospital Center where she later died.

About three hours earlier, and seven miles away, police in the 7th District found 17-year-old Jonathon Adams in the 4300 block of Halley Terrace SE in the Congress Heights Neighborhood. He had suffered an injury to his neck and was taken by ambulance to George Washington University Hospital in cardiac arrest.

Police have not yet speculated on motive or suspects.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.