Alexandria teen killed in D.C. shooting

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Alexandria teen killed in D.C. shooting
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By Olivia Anderson | [email protected]

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the homicide of DeShawn Francis, 16, of Alexandria.

According to a news release from D.C. police, officers responded to reports of a shooting in the unit block of Chesapeake Street in Southeast D.C. around 8:09 p.m., where they located Francis suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a parked car. Nineteen rounds were fired in the area, police said. Francis was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment and died three days later, on Feb. 11.

Francis was an Alexandria City High School junior, a college football fan, music lover and young entrepreneur, according to the GoFundMe campaign set up to cover the cost of funeral services by his family. As of Wednesday, the campaign had exceeded its $10,000 goal, but the family is still accepting donations at https://gofund.me/11739194.

Francis is survived by his mother, father, seven siblings and three cousins.

MPD is currently offering up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 202-727-9099.

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