UPDATE: Police ID Man Shot, Killed in Sequoyah Complex Wednesday Night

A man was found late Wednesday night sitting in a vehicle with gunshot wounds; pronounced dead at local hospital.

UPDATE: Police have identified the man shot and killed in Mount Vernon Wednesday night as Morgan Detroy Monroe Jr. of Landover, Md. 

The vehicle he was found in is a four-door black 1996 Honda Accord.

An advocacy group for inmates lists a Morgan Detroy Monroe, age 47, as an inmate looking for a pen pal when he was reportedly incarcerated at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. The page mentions that he was due to be released in 2010.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail atwww.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


A 47-year-old man was fatally wounded at the Sequoyah housing complex near  late Wednesday night.

At 11:30 p.m., police were initially called for a noise complaint at the intersection of San Leandro Place and Mendocina Place, according to Officer Bud Walker, Fairfax County Police spokesman.

Once responding officers arrived at the scene, in the Sequoyah condominium complex parking lot, they discovered an adult male sitting in a vehicle with gunshot wounds to the upper body. The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is under investigation as a homicide.

"We have no reason to believe this was a suicide," Walker said.

Detectives have identified the victim, but next of kin have not yet been notified.


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DAVE May 17, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I lived there for 5 years and thought it was a nice community. Of course, and like most places these days, you'd have to kick the occasional crackhead out of the garage, but for the most part it was great. The only complaint we ever had was the lack of a police presence in the community. Now, I don't go over that way. It has changed alot and become much more of a slum. Very sad to see.
Christy Henderson May 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Actually they have done (and are doing) a lot of work to improve the place. They have a new security company (they actually found the man on their patrol) and are upgrading decks, shingles, roofs and are repainting. Phase one looks really good now...everyone is just waiting for those upgrades to flow back through the rest of the property. Certainly not a quick process by any means since it all depends on money. I hear from neighbors that they are starting to foreclose on the people who don't pay their condo fees. Maybe if we get rid of the freeloaders it will make it easier to get stuff paid for quickly. Oh well...here is hoping.
Mark May 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I believe the root of the problem is the proliferance of section 8 housing in the Mt. Vernon Area - specifically the areas near Rt.1 - in the last 20 years. Not coincidentially, the growth of section 8 housing in the area began with the election of Mr. Hyland in 1987. He was a proponent of the Fairfax County Housing Authority's Section 8 initiative. I am not certain, but would not be surprised, if condominium owners in the area, including Sequoia, are "encouraged" to rent out units to the Fairfax County Housing Authority, which then places section 8 residents into these units. This, in turn, attracts people from other areas, like Landover for instance, to the development. that would likely not otherwise be there. Crime increases and the demand for the police increases, The police need to do their job and not neglect to patrol there, but they are need throughout the Rt. 1 corridor as crime has increased in all areas of the Rt. 1 corridor, as anyone who reeds the Patch should be aware.
Thomas Gunn May 21, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Whoever thinks this a bad neighborhood and is getting worse is highly mistaken. I've been a resident of Sequoyah for 22 years and it was 110 times worse then. Then as u drive down 7 Woodz Dr. every other corner had 10 to 20 people loitering or "Hanging Out" distributing drugs openly. Drive they there now and you see nothing. Police presence is constant as well as armed security.
Thomas Gunn May 21, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Basically what I'm saying is it us not a bad neighborhood it's actually descent, but anywhere u go there will always be crime especially when everything is being overrun by drunk hispanics living tax free illegally with 15 people living in a two bedroom condo. This was the third homicide of the year for Fairfax county, if that's to much then move on a farm off in Oregon somewhere and shut the hell up


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