Fund Set Up for Tarek Boothe, Killed Jan. 31 on M St.


The young man fatally shot the evening of Jan. 31 near the corner of 33rd and M Streets NW has been identified as Tarek Boothe, who was from Alexandria and “an aspiring chef,” who had worked in restaurants in D.C. and Virginia, as well as briefly at 1789.

The killer is still at large, as previously reported in The Georgetowner. Police Chief Robert Contee called the crime a “targeted” shooting, not a random act.

Residents are understandably shaken and saddened by the crime — which happened so brazenly along busy M Street at the height of rush hour.

Lisa Palmer, an advisory neighborhood commissioner, told the Washington Post, “It’s tragic for the family of the person who was killed. It’s tragic for everyone that was involved. And it’s tragic for the neighborhood…. It’s a very sad sign of the times.”

Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, told The Georgetowner that the BID is working with the Metropolitan Police Department to increase the use of security cameras by businesses and others to deter crime. “Security cameras can play a significant role in preventing crimes from happening, and provide valuable evidence when a crime has been committed. The more security cameras we get in Georgetown, the more assistance we can provide to MPD. Click here for more information about the program, and here for a PowerPoint presentation.”

Meanwhile, Boothe’s heartbroken sister Tahani has set up a GoFundMe account and writes:

“My name is Tahani Boothe, on January 31, 2022 my brother Tarek Boothe was murdered in Georgetown, Washington DC while waiting for his uber ride. He was only 27 years old, full of life and love. He was an aspiring chef, artist, loving Son and Brother. He was such a wonderful man. His presence brought joy to all around him.

“Tarek, my sweet little brother, I love and miss you so much it hurts. I don’t know how mom is going to manage without you. How will Shayna manage without you; how will I manage without you? … I am starting a GoFundMe to help my mother Sonja Stephens cover funeral and other expenses. Please help our family by donating what you can and by sharing this fundraiser with others.”

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