- The Washington Times - Friday, November 25, 2005


A woman found dead in a Southeast apartment fire Thanksgiving night had been killed by a gunshot to the head, Metropolitan Police said yesterday.

Makia Mosby, 23, was found by firefighters who were called to extinguish a fire in her basement row house apartment. The four-story building is part of the Wheeler Terrace complex in the 1200 block of Valley Avenue Southeast.

A police spokesman could not say how many people lived in the apartment or whether other persons were there at the time of the fire.

Officers found a crib and baby clothes in the apartment, but they were able to determine that Miss Mosby’s 1-year-old son was safe with a relative.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide, and fire department spokesman Alan Etter said fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Miss Mosby’s sister, Datia Mosby, told WTTG-TV (Channel 5) that she had been watching her nephew since Wednesday because her sister had to work over the holiday weekend. She said she last spoke with her sister at about 3 p.m. Thursday.

“I don’t know who would hurt her,” she said. “She loved her mother, she loved her family, she loved her son.”

The killing brings the total number of homicides in the District to 174 this year. Last year at this time there were 180 killings. The 7th Police District, where Thursday’s killing occurred, leads the city with 50 homicides through October, compared with 45 at the same time last year.

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