Recent Suitland High School graduate shot to death in Southeast DC

The mother of an 18-year-old graduate is mourning the loss of her son who was fatally shot this weekend in the District.

D.C. police say TaQuan Pinkney was found shot in the 2800 block of Stanton Road in Southeast D.C. by officers at around 1:13 p.m. Sunday. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Pinkney's mother, her son was headed to the corner store, but never came home. She said police told her that TaQuan was not the intended target of the shooting.

Pinkney graduated from Suitland High School in May and had been working at a local restaurant to help pay for college. He was planning on attending the University of the District of Columbia.

He was also involved in the community with Horton's Kids, a D.C. community-based organization that provides at-risk children with programs to help them prepare for their education and their future.

Pinkney leaves behind five siblings, his mother said.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in Pinkney's death. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.