Pioneering Homicide Watch D.C. Site To Close Jan. 1 After Owners Move

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Homicide Watch D.C., the ambitious local website that aims to cover every D.C. homicide, will shut down on Jan. 1, says the Washington City Paper. Husband and wife Laura and Chris Amico founded the site in 2010 but they moved to Boston two years ago when Laura Amico was awarded a Nieman Fellowship. “Without any local owners, we have decided that it is no longer feasible to continue publishing,” she wrote.

Any murder in D.C. after Dec. 31 will not be included in Homicide Watch’s extensive database, though the site will regularly check the statuses of cases that remain open. In 2012, the Amicos launched a Kickstarter campaign after they moved to Boston to keep the site afloat. The campaign got a big boost after New York Times media reporter and former Washington City Paper editor David Carr wrote about the site’s financial woes. Once that money lapsed, they were able to sustain the site from the money they got from licensing out its software and template to other news organizations. Laura Amico, a board member of Criminal Justice Journalists, now is an editor at the Boston Globe.

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