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Homicide: 500 Block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in the 500 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast.

At approximately 4:35 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from a stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The investigation at the scene determined the offense took place in the 500 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast.

The decedent has been identified as 35-year-old Franklin Byers, of no fixed address.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.