He was shot and killed on Christmas Eve, just steps away from his home on Capitol Hill in the 1200 block of C Street.
And now three days later, as his family announces funeral arrangements, police announce a major reward to try and catch Jason Emma's killers, $25,000.
"It was so random, so unbelievable. I just can't believe something like that could happen right here," Nikki Salazar says.
Salazar walks down C Street to get home all the time because it's quiet., the neighbors speak to you even if they don't know you, and she always thought it was safe. That was until 28 year old Emma was shot multiple times in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, right in front of his home.
"What type of human does that? On Christmas Eve? You're supposed to be with your family, and then this tragedy happens," Salazar says.
Sara Mokhtari has lived in the same block of C Street for more than seven years, and she says it's just not the same anymore.
"I never walk home late at night because there have been muggings and things like that lately in the neighborhood,"Mokhtari says.
This murder was too close to home.
"This is a great neighborhood. Million dollar homes. Lovely neighbors, but when you're on the cusp like this, near not so nice areas, people use this as cut through to get there," Mokhtari says.
And bring crime with them, she says.
Police say Emma was found slumped over the steering wheel, his car was still running when help arrived minutes later. They think he was killed when two men tried to rob him.
"Whatever it is, it's petrifying,"Mokhtari says.
Relatives say Jason Emma had just moved into the rowhouse from Arlington three weeks ago.
His funeral is set for Saturday, December 29th at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington.
The address is 2609 North Glebe Road.
DC Police are looking for two black males, seen running away after the shooting. Both are between 5'10" tall and 6 feet tall. One has a heavy build. The other was wearing a white t-shirt with dark sleeves. If you know anything, you're asked to call 202-727-9099. There is a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.