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DC Lesbian Woman Found Shot Dead in Trunk of Burning Car

Monday Jan 8, 2018

A lesbian woman from Washington, D.C. was found shot dead in the trunk of a car that was engulfed in flames, The Huffington Post reports.

Police responded to a report of gunfire on Dec. 28 around 7:30 p.m. where they discovered a burning car. After the flames were put out, officers found an unconscious woman with gunshot wounds inside the truck of the vehicle. By the time D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived, officials found "no signs consistent with life," police said according to HuffPo.

The Washington Post identified the woman as Kerrcie Lewis, 23.

HuffPo also reports neighbors heard multiple gunshots around and a raging fire.

Lewis was raised by her grandparents since being orphaned at age 11. William Sharp, her grandfather, spoke with Fox 5 DC about her death, explaining Lewis' mother "died of a brain aneurysm and her father was tragically murdered up in the D.C. area."

Sharp said Lewis recently served time in jail but that she was trying to turn her life around. Lewis worked odd jobs at construction sites and Sharp said she "was very excited because she had just finished taking some classes and was looking forward to taking some more." He described his granddaughter as a "free spirt" who was "full of life" and that "she would light up a room, just talking and laughing."

Lewis' friend and ex-girlfriend Mercedes Rouhlac told local news station WJLA that she "talked with her every day."

Two of Lewis' friends were also shot to death the same day she was killed, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told The Washington Post. Detectives are investigating the possibility that the cases may be connected. As of last week, authorities were determining the motives of the shootings.

Police arrested Dennis Whitaker, a rapper known as "Jugga Knott," as a suspect in one of the shootings, the Post reports.


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