DC MURDER SHOCK: Man Stabbed to Death in Broad Daylight on DC Metro on 4th of July
Jasper Spires, photo: D.C. police.
Kevin Sutherland, photo: Facebook via Heavy.
A man was murdered in a Washington, D.C. Metro subway train in broad daylight Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Sutherland, a 24 year-old white male active in liberal politics, was stabbed to death by Jasper Spires, an 18 year-old career criminal Black male, in an attempted robbery according to police.
The murder took place around 1 p.m. on a train car as it pulled in to the NoMa Gallaudet U Metro station in Northeast Washington. Sutherland was pronounced dead at the scene.
The subway line at that point and the station are above ground. The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days for the D.C. Metro system as hundreds of thousands of people travel to the Mall for the fireworks and other events celebrating the Nation’s birthday.
The alleged murderer Spires had just been released from custody the day before the murder on Friday by D.C. police on a robbery charge that was reduced to a misdemeanor, according to the Washington Post. Sutherland’s uncle told the Post he suspects that Sutherland was carrying his expensive camera equipment with him, making him an inviting target for a criminal.
Sutherland was living the dream life of many a young person who comes to our nation’s capital to make a difference. He graduated from American University in Northwest Washington in 2013 where he was active in LGBT issues.
Am absolutely heartbroken by the tragic loss of intern, staffer & wonderful friend, Kevin Sutherland. I've known few as selfless & decent.
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) July 5, 2015
Sutherland interned for a Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Sutherland’s native Connecticut. At the time of his death Sutherland was working as a digital political strategist for the Democratic consulting group New Blue Interactive.
The Post reported that Sutherland was not only taken by the city’s politics but also by its beauty.
“On Instagram, Sutherland posted photographs of the Marine Corps War Memorial with the American flag fluttering in the twilight sky. He caught streetlamps twinkling on the Potomac. He showcased the Mall from high above, the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial bathed in a summer haze captured from his airplane seat taking off from Reagan National Airport.
““This view always takes the breath away,” he wrote in August 2014.”
Sutherland posted a YouTube video of his photographs entitled DC Through the Lens.
Metropolitan Police issued a press release Sunday announcing a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Spires and sought the public’s help in locating him.
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch obtained an arrest warrant for Jasper Spires (pictured below) who is wanted for First Degree Murder While Armed for the stabbing death of 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland which occurred on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at approximately 12:50 pm, aboard a train approaching the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station, located in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast.“If this subject is seen call 911 for immediate police response. Do not approach this person or attempt to apprehend him.
“Anyone with information on this suspect’s whereabouts should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.”