Arrest made in the murder of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney in DC


WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Metropolitan Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney that occurred on July 16 in the 2900 block of MLK Jr. Ave in Southeast, D.C.

“We’ve got our man,” D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said. The 22-year-old suspect, Marktwan Hargraves, of Waldorf, is charged with first-degree murder while armed. “I stood before you just over a week ago and said we would get justice for 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney. The prayers of the community have been answered,” he said.

Police found Hargraves at a Southeast D.C. residence.

Chief Contee said, “The individual involved is no stranger to the criminal justice system.”

The good news regarding the tragic case was not the Chief’s only announcement. He reported that the Violence Reduction Unit has put 16 others behind bars for a federal narcotics conspiracy, and he said more arrests are expected.

Mayor Muriel Bowser added, “If you’re engaged in this type of activity, we want to make it very clear, you may not always see it but the investigations are happening and we want to make our community safer.”

1 of the 16 men indicted in the case is Nyiah Courtney’s father, who is one of the four people also shot at the time of her murder. When asked if the shooting happened as a result of the narcotics activities that he is being charged with, the Chief said it is possible.

“We don’t know if these individuals were targeted simply because of the activity they were doing, which we know it’s a drug nexus,” he said. “We don’t know if that’s the reason why, or if someone just woke up that morning and decided to go start shooting people in that block, where a couple of our indicted individuals decided to hang on the regular.”

Hargraves will have his first appearance in court on Thursday, July 29.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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