One Maryland family is grieving the loss of an 18-year old man while nine teenagers are facing criminal charges.
According to charging documents, 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin and some friends were in Adams Morgan just after midnight Saturday. Griffin met several teenagers inside of the McDonald's at 18th Street and Columbia Road and a witness says he told his friends he was going to accompany the group to a nearby alley intending to buy marijuana. Instead, he was allegedly robbed at gunpoint of his Helly Hansen jacket and iPhone.
Less than an hour later, Griffin and his two friends spotted some of the same teens inside of the Woodley Park Metro station. One was wearing his jacket. Griffin demanded it back and a fight ensued.
Police say video of the brawl was caught by a surveillance camera. They say the footage shows one of Griffin's friends being beaten on the floor of the train platform. Griffin stepped in, and according to court papers, the video clearly shows 17-year-old Chavez Myers sneak up behind him. While Griffin was engaged in a fist fight with another suspect, Myers stabbed him in the chest.
Police quickly locked down the station and took the suspects into custody. Griffin was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Myers told officers the stabbing was self-defense. In court Monday, he was charged as an adult with second-degree murder and held without bond. The other eight suspects, ages 15 to 17, are facing charges ranging from robbery to assault.
On Monday night, family and friends gathered in Olney, Md. to remember Griffin at a candlelight vigil. His mother, Lunette, told FOX 5 regardless of whether or not an attempted drug purchase was involved, "no one deserves to be killed."
She describes Griffin as caring and generous and says the Sherwood High School graduate worked at both the National Institutes of Health and Five Guys.
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