Teenager dies of injuries from Tuesday shooting
A 15-year-old Ballou High School sophomore who was shot in the neck after getting off a bus early Tuesday in Southeast Washington died of his injuries Saturday, D.C. police said.
Malek Mercer’s mother, Sharon Becks, had said her son was on life support at a hospital and was not expected to survive. The teenager died five days before what would have been his 16th birthday.
A police affidavit filed in court Saturday does not list a motive, but says that while on the bus, a man asked Malek about his Versace belt. The affidavit does not say whether the suspected gunman was trying to rob Malek of his apparel.
Police on Friday arrested Derryck Anjuan Decuir, 22, of Southeast, and charged him with assault with intent to kill. In a statement, police said Saturday that the charge will most likely be revised after an autopsy is complete and the death is ruled a homicide.
Decuir was arrested in Waldorf, in southern Maryland, and made his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Saturday. A judge ordered him detained until a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Decuir is on probation stemming from a conviction in 2013 after police in Prince George’s County arrested him while he was wearing a ski mask and carrying a .40-caliber handgun loaded with 16 bullets outside a high school.
Malek is the fourth teenager to die in D.C. shootings this year. Two other victims were 17 and one was 16 years old. Becks said she recently moved her family to Maryland to escape violence but wanted Malek to finish the school year at Ballou.
Malek was visiting a friend when he was shot about 12:40 a.m. in the 2800 block of 28th Street SE at Naylor Road SE. Police said in the affidavit that Malek and his friend were at a bus stop when a man asked them, “What, you’ll sell belts?” according to the court affidavit. Malek told the man that he was not selling belts.
They all boarded a bus. Police said one man then sat next to Malek, and another sat in front of him. When Malek and his friend got off the bus at 28th Street SE, a witness told police, one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot Malek in the back of the neck.