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Entrepreneur, 39, Killed in Southeast D.C.

Alexander Mosby, a native Washingtonian and co-owner of District Culture clothing store, was fatally shot Saturday in southeast D.C. He was 39.

Authorities found Mosby at the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE suffering from a gunshot wound, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported.

Mosby grew up in Savannah Terrace with three close friends who would later go on to be his business partners, reported Capital Community News, an outlet that focuses on happenings east of the Anacostia River.

A few years ago Mosby shared his excitement with Capital Community News for their group effort to open District Culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast.

“Growing up in D.C., we were influenced by the creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit of these brands and businesses,” Mosby said of stores such as Madness Shop on Georgia Avenue and All Daz outlet on Benning Road. “We want the store to be the canvas in which people look to when they’re seeking to paint their own style and fashion.”

The entrepreneurial endeavor wasn’t a planned business move by Mosby, but after some conversations among the friends, they decided to open their own store by pooling their collective expertise, resources and connections.

Mosby surveyed and scouted locations on the main streets of Southeast. He then contacted Anthony McDuffie, a representative at Anacostia River Realty whose office is next door, and began working on a lease.

“We have to stay vibrant and evolve with the times,” Mosby said of the direction of his store. “The city is changing but there’s a culture here that’s strong. Part of that is fashion and entertainment and you’ll find that at District Culture.”

Mosby is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Officials say they are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for any information which leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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