A D.C. woman was killed just immediately after turning 16. Her teenage father was slain when she was an infant.
Taiyania Aaliyah Thompson was just 5 months outdated when her father was shot to death on a street in the District. He was 17.
His daughter did not reside as prolonged.
Taiyania was shot in the head Thursday within an apartment on Mount Olivet Road in Northeast Washington, and she died Sunday, a single thirty day period immediately after she turned 16.
Her grandmother Tammy L. Carter does not know how to sense a single second to the subsequent — unhappy or angry. She has not nevertheless turned 50, and previously she has lost her son and his daughter to gunfire. She took to Facebook to plead for justice and to say that Taiyania has “her wings now and daddy right there ready on you.”
Taiyania’s aunt Erikka Carter called the killing of her brother in 2002 “the worst second of my lifestyle.” She recollects looking at the system of the youthful Dennis Carter Jr. splayed out on a street in the Carver Langston community in Northeast, the victim of what the relatives stated was a robbery endeavor.
Immediately after Taiyania was killed, she stated: “We under no circumstances assumed we would have to go via this again. Our relatives is ruined at this second.”
Taiyania was uncovered shot about 3:10 p.m. in an apartment in the 1000 block of Mount Olivet Road, in the Ivy Town community just off New York Avenue and around Gallaudet College.
Law enforcement detained a gentleman found around the apartment but did not file fees. Immediately after interviewing him, authorities stated they ended up looking for a white 2017 Kia Sorento SUV with Maryland license plates. Law enforcement connected the shooting to a domestic incident but did not elaborate. There was no arrest in the killing as of Monday afternoon.
Ten people today have been killed in the District so considerably this yr, up from 8 at this time in 2017. 50 % the 2018 murder victims have been adolescents, ranging in age from 14 to 19.
Taiyania’s grandmother stated family have no thought what the teen was carrying out at the apartment on Mount Olivet Road, which is around the place she lives with her mother. Tammy Carter stated Taiyania, who has two older sisters, under no circumstances outlined a boyfriend.
The grandmother stated Taiyania preferred to at some point open her own small business to gain money to assist guidance her mother, however the teen experienced no specifics.
“She was like any other 16-yr-outdated,” Tammy Carter stated. “She was bubbly and vivid and a pretty happy, jolly man or woman. She loved to dance.”
Carter stated that the two utilized to bake cookies with each other and that her granddaughter loved her honey butter. “She would appear right up and say, ‘I ain’t having no one else’s food items but my grandmother’s,’ ” Carter stated.
Relations made absolutely sure Taiyania did not ignore her father. They explained to her tales about Dennis Carter, confirmed her shots and took her to the cemetery. A single of the relatives shots demonstrates Taiyania kneeling powering her father’s headstone.
Tammy Carter stated her son would appear household, wake infant Taiyania up so he could perform with her and then get her back again to rest. Relations called her “Mama” mainly because she was a chubby impression of her father, a nickname that stuck.
Taiyania was a sophomore at Sustainable Futures General public Constitution University in Columbia Heights, which has 46 pupils and provides a next prospect to pupils who have experienced issues at other establishments. She experienced formerly been at Maya Angelou General public Constitution University in Northeast.
Lauren Bryant, the director of finance and functions at Sustainable Futures, described Taiyania as a pleasurable student who experienced a “wonderful rapport” with classmates. Her nickname at the college was “Sunny.”
Bryant stated that before this yr when the pupils prepped for a job reasonable, Taiyania dressed in a match.
“She seemed outstanding and so skilled and so businesslike,” Bryant stated. “Certainly that is a single of our memories of her.”
Erikka Carter stated she last talked with her niece on Jan. 23, when Taiyania called to examine in on her cousin, who was good friends with a 12-yr-outdated woman who experienced dedicated suicide at the SEED General public Constitution University in Southeast.
Carter stated the shooting of Taiyania introduced back again memories of her brother’s death. She recalled dancing to go-go music at the leading of a street that Friday evening 16 yrs back, a happy evening interrupted by the pops from a gun. Carter, 14 at the time, stated she and other folks raced about the block. She observed her brother around some actions his hat was in the street.
“The police would not let me via,” she stated.
Law enforcement stated they determined a suspect in Dennis Carter’s killing but that gentleman was shot and killed in the drop of 2003, ahead of authorities collected ample evidence to arrest him. That killing remains unsolved.
Erikka Carter stated that “this yr has undoubtedly not began off on a very good note. But we’re likely to remain powerful and remain with each other and get via this to the greatest of our ability.”
She extra, “We want responses, and we want justice.”