Teen Stabbed To Death In Another Fatal Incident On DC Metro


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Police arrested an 18-year-old Monday for allegedly stabbing another teen to death at a D.C. Metro station.

Jovante Hall allegedly stabbed 15-year-old John Rufus Evans III while he was exiting the Metro Monday morning at the Deanwood station in Washington, D.C, reported Fox5DC. Evans was visiting from his home in Richmond, Virginia, for a court appearance and is believed to have known Hall.

Another 15-year-old was fatally shot at the same metro station just two weeks ago.

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested and charged Hall Monday for the more recent stabbing, which unfolded near the fare gate and may have involved a provocation from Evans. Police believe the two teens knew each other and had previous problems.

Evans reportedly told his brother to use his cell phone to film him as he punched Hall. As the scuffle unfolded Hall pulled a knife, stabbing Evans in the throat. Authorities performed CPR on the scene and rushed him to a local hospital where he later died.

“The Metro police really should have more increased presence here,” Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander, who represents the community, told reporters Monday. “They said after the first tragic incident that they would, and I was actually out here this morning and I didn’t see any additional presence.”

Evans was in Washington, D.C., for a court appearance according to his mother, Terogie Wells, who says they moved to Richmond to escape the violence which plagues Northeast Washington. Evans previously attended Richard Wright Public Charter School in the District, reports NBC Washington.

“I was sick, and I couldn’t take him to his appointment,” Wells told NBC Washington. “He came up, hugged and kissed me, and said he’d be back. I just wish I would have went with him this morning.”

The community in Ward 7 is still reeling from the senseless shooting that left a 15-year-old dead Easter weekend as he was on the way to get a haircut with his family. Maurice Bellamy, 17, walked up to Davonte Washington in the station, took out a gun and shot him, seemingly at random. There is growing concern among Washington, D.C., residents regarding metro safety and whether authorities have the resources to better patrol stations as incidents like this continue. (RELATED: Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of 15-Year-Old In DC Metro)

“It’s hard for any parent to go though something like that,” Wells told NBC Washington. “It’s too many children, black kids, losing their lives for dumb stuff, and they really need to wake up and realize life is too short.”

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