Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced that the deaths of two individuals, who were located inside a residence in the 3600 block of 13th Street, NW, have been ruled a homicide and a suicide.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the 3600 block of 13th Street, NW and discovered two unresponsive adult males inside the location.
The first victim, identified as 35-year-old Mesfin Nega of Northwest, DC, did not show any signs of life and was pronounced dead by a member of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The second victim, identified as 38-year-old Shimelis Yegaza of Aurora, Colorado, was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on August 19, 2012.
The investigations into both deaths were conducted by members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death for both males to be acute phenobarbital intoxication. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that Mesfin Nega’s death was a homicide and Shimelis Yegaza’s death was ruled a suicide.