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Community activist Timothy Dawkins shot, killed on 4th Street in Southeast DC

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A community activist in D.C. was shot to death Wednesday night in Southeast D.C.

Police still don't know who pulled the trigger and why.

24-year-old Timothy Dawkins had studied to become a preacher. His friends say he dedicated his life to making a difference and often acted as a peacemaker in many of the disputes in his troubled community.

On Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m., someone shot Dawkins multiple times on the 4200 block of 4th St., SE, where he lived. The young, married father of a 2-year-old boy died on the scene.

Trayon White was close friends with Dawkins. White, who is a Ward 8 Representative for the D.C. State Board of Education, says the two of them were allies in the fight to reclaim troubled youth and give them hope.

"He was an old soul; a soldier,” White says. “Whenever I needed him, he was there. We just traveled with some kids to Tennessee doing training."

White says Dawkins spent nearly every day at the William O. Lockridge Library on Atlantic Street in Southwest D.C. He says Dawkins enjoyed reading and working on projects that would make a difference.

He modeled himself after other African American greats like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

"Tim was just very different,” says White. “You're talking about a young man who went to seminary school when he was 21. Someone who got married when he was 21. He was a very positive young man and had a bright future."

White says this summer, there have been over 20 shootings on the very block where Dawkins was killed. He blames the violence on the social problems he and Dawkins were fighting to fix.

"Unfortunately he was a victim of ignorance last night," White says. "People beefing with this territorial stuff. In the end, we all lose.”

White says Dawkins was destined for greatness. He says the community has lost a leader that will not be easily replaced.

"He was truly an example for our young people, and we need more examples, especially black men, standing in the gap because we're lost out here,” says White.

Dawkins’ family is making funeral arrangements.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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