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Police: D.C. Tourist Murder Connected To Other Crimes

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WASHINGTON (WJZ) — The rare murder of a tourist stunned the nation’s capital. Police believe it was part of a series of attacks and now one of the victims is speaking out.

Mike Hellgren has his story.

The random attacks terrorized the Petworth neighborhood in the nation’s capital. Five people were beaten with a hammer. One, a tourist, died from his injuries; his skull was crushed.

Now, a survivor who does not want to be identified, is speaking about the ordeal.

“He went by my side with a smile and said, `How you doing, sir?’” he said. “Before I could even turn, he hit me with some kind of object. He hit me around my ear and also my lip.”

Police arrested Michael Davis for the crimes. He’s the brother of former University of Maryland Terps standout Vernon Davis, who is close to his loved ones in D.C.

“You’ve got family that just wants to come see you and cheer with you and things like that,” Vernon Davis said in 2006.

Vernon Davis is now a tight end for the 49ers. His other brother, Vontae, is a defensive back for the Dolphins.

Davis’ father had a strong reaction after the bail review.

“My son is innocent and my hearts go out to the families but I know my son didn’t do it,” he said.

Vernon Davis attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the weekend and earlier tweeted, “Just got a disturbing call from back home in Washington, D.C. A good day gone bad! Hopefully he wasn’t involved!”

He once said his younger brother Michael was as talented as he was in football and hoped he could join him in the NFL.

“Those good kids…I don’t believe it,” said family friend Myra Young.

Now Michael Davis faces the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of these vicious attacks.

Michael Davis has another court appearance on May 11.

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