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Denver Tourist Gary Dederichs Murder and Two Other "Blunt Force" Attacks in DC May be related

5:55 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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Gary Dederichs was murdered in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A tourist from Denver, killed in DC, may not be the only victim of a blunt-force attack, DC Metropolitan Police said, in a Thursday afternoon news conference. 

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a 37-year-old black woman and a black man in his 50's are were hospitalized after similar "blunt-force" injuries to the head as Gary Dederichs, the registered nurse from Denver, who was visiting DC, who was murdered on Tuesday night. 

Dederichs was found dead on the 800 block of Emerson Street, NW, suffering from head trauma, police said. 

Police will be canvassing homes in Ward 4, warning them not to walk alone and to be on the lookout for anyone suspicious in the area. 

Lanier did not say the crimes were definitely related. However, she did point out the similarities in the injuries and the proximity of the crimes. 

All three victims appeared to be walking alone, at night, when the attacks happened, Lanier said. 

One of the victims was believed to be hit by a car when police showed up to one of the scenes. It was later found out that the victim had been hit in the head with some sort of blunt object, Lanier said. 

The attacks all happened in a ten block radius. The two other victims are both still in the hospital, Lanier said. 

DC police offer 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. If you have any information, please call 202-727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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