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Rally For Justice For Ethiopian Beating Victim

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WUSA) -- Hundreds of people, many of them Ethiopian, held candles and cried for the young man whose life ended after a horrific beating.

"He did not deserve to die at this age,' sobbed a little girl. She was grieving the loss of a cousin who died too young. 27 year-old Ali Mohammed's last moments of life were in a pool of blood on a DC street. It's almost more pain than his relatives and friends can endure.

"Ali was never the type to provoke violence," said his sister. "All of these people would not be standing out here if Ali was the type to deserve to die the way he did."

The crowd chanted, "We want justice. We want answers."

Seems like This Could Be a Perfect John Wall Restaurant Endorsement!

Driving down 14th Street the other day I spotted the Great Wall Szechuan House.  The small restaurant is located at 1527 14th Street between the U Street Corridor and Logan Circle, and though I've never been there, it seems like they have a wonderful advertising opportunity with the Wizards stud Rookie point guard John Wall sharing their name.

Do you think John Wall would be a good spokesman for the Great Wall Szechuan House?

Congressional Candidate Campaigns With Graphic Abortion Pics

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (WUSA) -- The Republican candidate for DC Delegate in the U.S. Congress is using abortion, along with graphic images of abortion, as the main platform of her campaign.

Missy Reilly Smith, just released graphic ads scheduled to air this week on local television stations. She's using these ads to introduce herself as a "champion for unborn babies," according to the 30-second political commercials she's already posted on her website.

Smith used part of that time to call out democrats she says "support the murders of babies."

One of the candidates she names in the ad is her democratic opponent, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who is also the incumbent.

Del. Norton called Smith "A far right fringe candidate."

In a statement released to the media Norton added:

VIDA Fitness Offering New Member Specials Thru October!

VIDA Fitness is offering its 4th Anniversary specials throughout October.  Thru October, join any VIDA location in DC at it will only cost you $49---a savings of $150.

VIDA, which has locations 601 F Street NW, 1517 15th Street NW, and 999 9th Street NW, is also offering member referrals prizes.  If a current member refers a new member, they will be entered in a raffle to win:

  • 4 months of membership
  • 4 Personal Training Sessions
  • 4 Tanning Sessions
  • And more!

Additionally, VIDA will be hosting a member appreciation day on October 27th.

Check out more information regarding VIDA memberships and the member appreciation day here.

Charges Reduced in Beating Death Outside DC Bar

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The co-owner and four employees of the DC9 Nightclub were ordered released from custody here Saturday afternoon after murder charges against each of them were reduced to aggravated assault.

The men had been charged in the beating death early Friday morning of 27-year-old Ali Mohammed of Silver Spring after Mohammed apparently threw a brick through the front window of the Ninth Street nightclub. Police say the five defendants chased Mohammed up Ninth Street, caught him, and beat him to death.

"Someone has lost their life from a savage beating that appears to be vigilante justice, ridiculous," exclaimed Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier in a meeting with reporters Friday morning.

Cause Of Man's Death 'Still Pending' In DC Night Club Murder Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (WUSA) - Five DC 9 club employees are in custody after a man was beaten to death early Friday morning in the U Street Corridor, police said.

Beverly Fields, for the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office told 9 News Now that the autopsy on Ali A. Mohammed
has been performed, but that the cause and manner of death were still pending, as of Friday afternoon.

In a Friday morning news conference, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the owner of the "DC 9" Club and four of his employees chased down 27-year-old Ali Mohammed, of Silver Spring, after some kind of altercation at the club, and beat him to death.

It happened just after 2:30 a.m. on the 2000 block of 9th Street, NW. When police got to the scene, they found a man suffering from some kind of trauma to the upper body, Police said.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


DC 9 Murder Prompts Closings and Cancellations

After a murder early Friday morning at DC 9, a popular U Street Corridor nightclub, DC police have closed the venue until further notice, effectively immediately.

Our friends over at Metromix put together a story displaying what previously scheduled events have now been cancelled.

Check out Metromix's DC 9 cancelled events list here.