- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2011

A 20-year-old arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of a Maryland taxicab driver was under the care and custody of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), The Washington Times has learned.

Rashad Slye, whose aunt is a youth-family team coordinator with the agency, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of the cabdriver, 40-year-old Domingo Ezirike, according to law enforcement and multiple DYRS sources.

DYRS sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the incident, said Mr. Slye was arrested at his aunt’s home after having walked away from a DYRS group home where he was living.

Christopher Shorter, chief of staff to DYRS Director Neil A. Stanley, said D.C. law and agency policy prohibit confirmation of a youth in its custody.

Mr. Slye is one of 60 youths committed to DYRS under the care of a “supervisory case manager,” DYRS sources said.

Mr. Shorter could not discuss the handling of Mr. Slye’s case, but he said DYRS has four case management supervisors who have discretion to distribute cases to individual case managers or manage the cases personally. He said each case management supervisor currently holds an average of 15 cases.

The supervisors are responsible for developing and implementing individual plans through youth-family team meetings, Mr. Shorter said, as a means of promoting family involvement in the youths rehabilitation.

Though Mr. Slye’s juvenile record was not available, a search of D.C. and Maryland court records show he had no prior adult charges.

Mr. Ezirike, the cabdriver, was found unresponsive in his cab around 4 a.m. Saturday in the 4300 block of Ponds Street near Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens park in Northeast, Metropolitan Police said.

Police said they thought robbery was the motive.