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0 comments | Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Anthony James Perkins, 29, has been identified as the victim in the fatal shooting that occurred on the 2900 block of 4th Street in DC during the early morning hours on December, 27. According to published reports Perkins was found dead in his car near Bolling Air Force Base in southeast Washington.

Perkins lived with his mother about two miles from where he was found killed, and one of his neighbors told DC Agenda it was well known that Perkins was gay.

From Metro Weekly:

''No arrest information and no lookout information is available at this time,'' MPD Detective William Xanten told Metro Weekly on Monday. Chris Farris, co-chair of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), reported the incident to Metro Weekly after receiving a tip from a MPD officer who asked to remain anonymous.

MPD Officer Zunnobia Hakir, a member of MPD's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), confirmed Monday that Perkins was gay. Farris, however, says that because the tip he received identified Perkins as a "member of the LGBT community," he believes that Perkins may have been either gay or transgender. He also expressed frustration that the GLLU has been relatively quiet in the days following the homicide.

''The whole point of the GLLU is that when something like this happens, officers responding should immediately be contacting the GLLU and bringing the GLLU in,'' he says. ''That has not happened here. Also, the GLLU should be contacting the community because the whole point of community policing is to get help from the community in solving these crimes. There's been no outreach here to the local community.''

A 25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the apprehension of the perpetrator of this crime. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the detectives listed below.


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