By Eric Tataw, Washington DC, USA – Friday, November 29, 2019.
Like The Washington Post titles it; Why would someone shoot him?’: The killing of a caregiver and the autistic man he cared for has left people mourning in D.C. and far beyond.
This is a fact. Lekelefac Leke Fonge was only 27, full of life, energy and certainly with a bright future when he was just finishing his shift as a caregiver to Devon Miler, a 24-year-old man with autism, when the two were killed on October 9 in Washington DC.
To many, it’s still a dream including one of his friends in Columbus, Ohio who shared with National Telegraph, a video of Leke playing football in his apartment before he moved to the DMV Area.
Lekelefac’s funeral begins November 29, but many are wondering how his family, friends, colleagues, and well-wishers will take the heartache over the death of a kindhearted man whose only crime is that he dedicated his life, giving care to a stranger he later turned into his own twin brother.
Miler was shot in the neck and Leke on the face. Leke was highly loved and his death puts family and friends in unbelievable shock. As of Friday, November 29, a GoFundMe campaign to send his body home to Cameroon had generated $ 32.239 of the $25.000 target.
According to an official program from the family, a copy of which National Telegraph has obtained, viewing of the body will run from 2 pm to 4 pm, Friday, November 29, 2019. This will be immediately followed by Mass from 4 pm to 5 pm at Saint Matthias Catholic Church – 9475 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706.
Family sources also indicate reception will follow from 6 pm to 3 am at 1515 Merrimac Dr. Hyattsville, Maryland 20783. From the United States of America, the corpse will be ferried to Cameroon where it will arrive at the Douala International Airport, Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
Wake without corpse will be held at the deceased family residence in Sandpit, Buea in Cameroon’s South West Region on Friday, December 13 while mass, burial, and reception will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Fally Bezezuh, Leke’s cousin told the press he had given Leke a ride that day because his car had broken down at the end of his shift as a caretaker and he needed to get his client, Devon Miler, home. Bezezuh recounted he picked the two up in Lanham, Maryland, and drove them to the client’s residence in Northeast Washington DC.
Leke was walking his client into 1600 block of Rosedale Street NE, one block from Miner Elementary School when a vehicle pulled over, two men dressed in black step out, walk toward the house and shot and killed Leke and Miler.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham later said two adult males with gunshot wounds were found inside the home and were pronounced dead on the scene.
The suspect described as a black male, between 5 feet, eight inches and 5 feet, ten inches tall, with a medium complexion and long dreadlocks, wearing dark clothing when he fled the scene was specified as Davon Peyton, 27, of Alexandria, Virginia and was later arrested and charged him with first-degree murder while armed.