- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2010

A 20-year-old D.C. man arrested Friday in connection with the killing of a 16-year-old was a ward of the city’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, The Washington Times has learned.

Raymond Roseboro was actively in city custody when police say he killed Prince Okorie, who three weeks before his Nov. 30 killing had himself been placed at a DYRS-licensed shelter.

DYRS sources confirmed Mr. Roseboro’s commitment status but were unavailable to provide additional details. Court records indicate he had been arrested in Maryland in July 2009 for theft under $500 and resisting arrest. He was arrested again in Maryland in August 2009 for carrying a handgun. In each case, prosecutors declined to pursue the charges.

He was charged in April in the District with disorderly conduct and failure to obey an officer. The case was disposed of in April after he paid fines.

Police say Mr. Okorie was fatally shot at about 4:20 p.m. in the 800 block of Delafield Place in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest. Three boys were seen fleeing the area after the shooting.

Although he was in the custody of DYRS at the time of his death, Mr. Okorie had not yet been committed. Sources told The Times that the juvenile recently was detained at the department’s Youth Services Center and, pending a commitment hearing, was placed at a shelter run by Alternative Solutions for Youth, a community-based residential treatment program in the Northwest neighborhood near where he lived.

WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported that Mr. Okorie had been arrested for a nonfatal shooting in August. The station said the same gun police say Mr. Okorie used was again used later in the day in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old Catholic University student, Neil Godleski, as he bicycled through Sherman Circle. Eric D. Foreman, a 16-year-old city ward, has been charged in that killing.

WRC said police think Mr. Okorie may have been killed because Mr. Foreman’s friends thought he cooperated with police.

In a recent series of articles, The Times explored youth violence in the District and found that DYRS has been plagued by a pattern of crimes committed by and against youths under the agency’s supervision. An analysis of a year’s worth of homicide data found that one in five killings involved a youth in the custody of the city as either a victim or a suspect.

“This homicide occurred on an afternoon on a residential street,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “Members of the community offered information and have been anxious to see this case come to a closure.”