18-year-old Washington high school student killed in hotel room: officials

School officials have confirmed that the 18-year-old who was shot dead inside a hotel room in the capital on Saturday night was a student at an area high school.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Police released a picture of a person of interest who may have been involved in the death.

The Metropolitan Police said they responded to gunfire shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn on 1st Street NE. When the officers arrived, they found Akira Wilson with a gunshot wound. She later succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

Wilson’s great uncle, Anthony Muhammad, said his niece was “loving,” “giving,” and “forgiving.”

“[She] “She didn’t want to get into any trouble,” he said. “She was what we call in society, ‘a hustler’ because she sold things. She sold candy. She worked for her father in the food truck he had. She even went with him when he started working on a funeral home. She was always A fun-loving little girl who was always getting her way – and making her own money.”

She’s always been working hard, the Wilson family told FOX 5, and recently made college plans with a friend.

Wilson’s mother, Tony Cole, tearfully told FOX 5 that her daughter had been enrolled in a hospitality program at Jackson Reed High School while she was also in a fencing program at Washington’s Trinity University. I also worked part time.

Cole said her daughter had been working towards a job in the funeral industry with her father.

Meanwhile, the authorities were unable to find out why Wilson was shot in the hotel room. The family believed that some kind of party was going on at the Northeast DC Hotel.

Cole told FOX 5 that her daughter was invited by a friend she recently made at school. The family believes that that friend’s friend is responsible for the killing.

The Metropolitan Police could not confirm this information.

18-year-old woman found shot dead in hotel room in D.C.: Police

“Senseless. Unjustified. Undesirable. It shouldn’t have happened. And it shouldn’t take that long to get to the conclusion of the actual person who did it,” Mohammed said. He urges the community to “tell the person [who commit the crime] To surrender and bear the punishment he deserves.”

In a message sent to the Jackson Reed High School community on Sunday, Principal Sah Brown said a mental health team will be at the school Monday to offer support to fellow students.

“It is with great sadness that we share news of a member of our school community,” the letter read. “Akira Wilson, a 12th grade student at Jackson Reed, passed away under tragic circumstances on November 19. Let us join in sending love and support to her family and friends as they grieve this devastating loss. As a member of the Jackson Reed family, we know that Akira will be missed by everyone who knew her.”

Wilson’s close friend shared a photo of flowers adorning Wilson’s locker in high school. FOX 5 has been told that the balloon launch is planned for Tuesday.

Police have not identified a motive or a suspect at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or text the department at 50411. Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction.

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