Homicide Watch D.C., a journalism project that covers every murder in the District of Columbia, relaunched its website last weekend with new tools, a comprehensive map, a photo gallery and individual pages for each victim, says Laura Amico, the founder and editor. She says the project is committed to covering every homicide from crime to conviction, based upon original reporting, court documents, social media and the help of victims’ and suspects’ friends, family, neighbors and others.
Amico describes website as “the area’s most complete public resource” for anyone affected by violent crime in D.C. She says it includes a searchable library of law enforcement and court documents related to homicide cases. Homicide Watch D.C. was launched a year ago. Amico, a former daily news beat reporter, says, “As D.C. residents, we believe that how people live and die here, and how those deaths are recognized, matters to every one of us.().If we are to understand violent crime in our community, the losses of every family in every neighborhood must be recognized. And the outcome of every trial — be it a conviction or an acquittal — must be recorded.”