Teen Detained In Shooting Death Of Ashlei Hinds At New Year Eve Hotel Party In DC

Wagswoofs – On Tuesday, law enforcement apprehended a teenager in relation to the tragic shooting incident that claimed the life of 18-year-old Ashlei Hinds during a New Year’s Eve celebration in D.C.

Hinds found himself in the midst of a party at the Friendship Heights Embassy Suites when a dispute erupted in the early hours of New Year’s Day, as reported by FOX 5 DC.

18-year-old Jelani Cousin has been taken into custody and officially charged with second-degree murder while armed.

According to the station, the fatal shooting marks the first homicide of the year in D.C.

Tiffany Falden, the mother of Hinds, describes her daughter as a remarkable individual with a beautiful soul. She portrays her as outgoing, loving, caring, and family-oriented, highlighting her overall amazing nature.

Hinds completed her high school education at Wise High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland, last year. During her time there, she held the position of Student Government Association president and was a valued member of the National Honors Society. In addition, she actively participated in softball and even dedicated her time to coaching the girls’ lacrosse team, as reported by the Washington Post.

She was enrolled in the sports administration program at Louisiana State University, with aspirations of pursuing a career as a sports agent or athletic director.

Ashlei was an incredible child, according to her father, Ashton Hinds. He expressed his deep sorrow, saying, “I will miss her immensely.”

According to the Post’s report, Hinds, who typically didn’t venture out, made an exception and accompanied her best friend to the party.

According to the Rev. Kenneth Thomas Sr., his granddaughter was described as “the sweetest thing this side of heaven.”

The reason for the altercation is currently being investigated, but according to a local council member, the shots were fired following a request for someone to leave the party.

“I simply seek justice, like any other family. It’s a terrifying thought that something like this could happen to anyone. In today’s world, unfortunate incidents are occurring even when people are just walking down the street. That’s why it’s so crucial to cherish and protect your loved ones. Keep them close, appreciate their presence, and hope and pray that such a tragedy never befalls your child, family member, or anyone else,” expressed Falden.

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