Mother thanks community after son's murder at the Metro
WASHINGTON - A D.C. woman is speaking publicly for the first time since her 15-year-old son was shot and killed by a stranger while he waited to catch the Metro.
Rashida Washington witnessed the horror that day in March at the Deanwood Metro Station as she stood with her daughters and son, Davonte. Police say the 17-year-old who pulled the trigger thought Davonte looked at him wrong.
"My son was awesome and one of a kind," Rashida said. "A king and a king to be."
She said after seeing the worst of humanity that day, she's gone on to experience the best. There's been an outpouring of support for her family, including a play Saturday night dedicated to her son.
"I really do appreciate everyone's love and everything everyone is doing," she said.
The play at Ballou High School was attended by dozens of people with all ticket sales going to support the Washington family. The writer and director told FOX 5 they didn't know the family before the tragedy, but wanted to help.
"It's been a phenomenal exchange of strangers coming together to be friends," said writer Kanita Washington, with B'Fly Productions. "I have a son and a daughter who ride the metro in that area, so it really touched me. And the fact that we share the same last name, I'm thinking we may be family."
While the play, 'There's a Stranger In My House,' was about the broader issues of family structure and infidelity, it also touched on gun violence and even specifically mentioned what happened to Davonte.
More than a dozen of Davonte's relatives came to see the show.
"This is great," said Victor Leonard, Davonte's grandfather. "This is just another example of the caring people in D.C. I think it's a wonderful thing that's going on, and we really appreciate it."
"People do care," Rashida said. "It's amazing."