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D.C. police investigate 2 murders on Saturday; more than 100 murders for 2013

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Washington, D.C. --- Police are investigating two murders Saturday that bring the murder total for the year to 101 killings.

The first murder of the day was reported around 12:10 a.m. when officers from the 5th District responded to the rear alley of the 200 block of Bates Street NW for a reported shooting. That is where officers found the body of 32-year-old Lamont William Hall of Southeast. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, officers in the 4th District responded to the area of Georgia Avenue and Sheridan Street NW. That is where police found the body of an adult male who was also pronounced dead at the scene. Police later identified him as 31-year-old Demetrius Eccles of Northwest.

Police have not announced any arrests in either case. Officers from the intelligence section were called to assist investigating both killings. This often suggests a connection to gang or crew activity, but police have not provided any details.

Homicides increased this year by more than 25 percent over 2012, but this includes the 12 killings at the Navy Yard. That brings the total to date to 101. According to MPD statistics, the city had only 78 murders as of this time last year. For homicide totals for the past 20 years see the MPD website.

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.

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