Police in Washington, DC, released surveillance photos of a person of interest Tuesday after an 18-year-old was found dead in a hotel room over the weekend.
The Metropolitan Police Department is asking for help in identifying and locating a man in connection with the death of Akira Wilson, a high school student from southeast DC. Wilson was shot to death Saturday night in a room at the Hilton Garden Inn in the 1200 block of First. Street, Northeast.
In photos released by Metro police, a black man in a gray hoodie, black jacket, black sweatpants and gray and white shoes is seen walking through a door with a phone in hand.
It is not clear if the photos are from before or after Wilson’s murder.
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In the initial press release, Metro police said that officers from the Fifth Precinct responded to the hotel after a shot was heard in one of the rooms around 9:50 p.m. Saturday. At the scene, first responders found Wilson in a room with an apparent gunshot wound.
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the room and reportedly found “no signs consistent with life.”
Wilson’s body was then transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
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According to Fox 5 DC, Wilson was a senior at Jackson-Reed High School and participated in a dual enrollment program at Trinity Washington University. She was described as a hard worker who planned to attend college after graduation.
His family reportedly told the outlet that he may have been at a hotel party with friends when the shooting occurred. Other news outlets reported that Wilson worked at a different Hilton hotel in the area.
A vigil for Wilson was held Tuesday afternoon at Fort Reno Park, which is across the street from the high school.
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A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be called at 202-727-9099 or anonymously text the MPD tip line at 50411.