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DC Has Its Own Hip-Hop Related Violence

by Winston "Stone" Ford

According to the media, the District of Columbia is under a “crime emergency.” But most sane people know that crime in this city is pacing along the same level as last year. Still, since we’re in a “crisis,” the local media is hyping up every news story it can get its hands on. Of course, there is no mention in the media about David C. Murphy, DC’s 15th homicide for the month of July. Murphy was killed last Saturday afternoon after participating in a rap battle in Adams Morgan.

A 23-year-old Prince George’s County man was stabbed to death early yesterday in the Adams Morgan section of the District after an argument that may have begun over rap singing, D.C. police said.

The killing of David C. Murphy was the city’s 15th in the first 15 days of July. The outbreak of violence prompted Chief Charles H. Ramsey to declare a crime emergency, which has drawn national attention.

Johnisha Knight, 26, of the 400 block of 37th Street SE was arrested shortly after the stabbing and charged with felony murder, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman. He said she was arrested in a car on Interstate 295.

In an interview last night, the victim’s mother called Murphy a gentle soul who was loved by all and was a doting and dedicated father to his 1-year-old son.

From what the Post put together, Murphy was in a “rap singing competition” (Post’s words not mine) and someone got jealous and stabbed him about a block away from the Blue Fin nightclub where the competition was supposed to take place. Allegedly, the woman who was arrested was jealous at the way “some of the people in one group were singing,” (Post’s words, not mine)

A tragedy like this is sad, but the fact that a dude was killed because someone was jealous of their rapping skills is even sadder. In fact, let’s just take out rap altogether. Because in the end, this crime has nothing to do with hip-hop, although I’m sure the media would make it seem like it has everything to do with hip-hop. Some chick was jealous of Murphy and decided to kill him. Does this not ring alarm bells with people?