WASHINGTON - One year after a man was found stabbed to death near a D.C. landmark, his family is asking for help to find his killer.
On Dec. 30, 2016, Antonias Butler left his girlfriend’s home just before midnight and jumped onto a W4 Metrobus for a ride to his mother’s house in Southeast D.C. While on the bus, Butler may have exchanged some words with a man who was seen fighting with a woman.
There is clear video of the person of interest that was captured on a surveillance camera inside the Metrobus. He was seen in the video wearing a hat along with a Yale sweatshirt. However, no one has come forward to identify the man.
"The only thing I want people to do is to just give his family some peace and help us get this guy who did it,” said Helen Butler, Anatonias’ mother. “My son didn't deserve this. He was a good man. Even if I wasn't his mother, I would have knew he was a good man.”
Police say at some point, both men got off the bus and Butler was stabbed once in the chest. He was last seen staggering on East Capitol Street before collapsing across from the Shrimp Boat Plaza.
Butler was 25 years old and is dearly missed by his family. His mother and two sisters wear crosses with his ashes inside.
"I believe that it was personal,” said his sister, Lashawn Butler. “It was personal what happened to my brother.”
"We don't know what happened,” said Antoinette Butler. “My brother didn't have any defensive wounds, so he didn't fight anyone. He wasn't physically in a fight with anyone. He was stabbed and that was the only thing that happened.”
If you have any information about the person of interest or about Butler's death, you are asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.