Former Wilson cheerleading captain dies in Northeast shooting

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Jamahri Sydnor was Wilson’s cheerleading captain last year and was preparing to attend Florida A&M University this fall. (Photo courtesy of @WHS_TigersCheer)
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Jamahri Sydnor, a recent Wilson High School graduate who was preparing to leave for college at Florida A&M University, died on Saturday two days after she was shot by a stray bullet while driving near her Northeast home, according to police and media reports.

Sydnor was shot Thursday afternoon in the 1400 block of Saratoga Avenue NE, in the Brentwood area off Rhode Island Avenue. She was hospitalized in grave condition and later succumbed to her injuries, police said.

In the immediate aftermath, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham took to Twitter to say, “A seventeen year old is struggling for her life because someone thought it was OK to fire an illegal firearm in our community — senseless.”

Newsham reacted to her death Monday on Twitter by adding “Heartbreaking” when passing along Wilson football coach’s tweet of “RIP Jamahri.” Police said a man was also injured in the shooting, but he did not receive life-threatening injuries.

Northeast resident Philip Carlos McDaniel, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault with intent to kill, police said. The charges could be upgraded because of Sydnor’s death, and the case remains under investigation.

D.C. police are offering a reward of up to a $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Call 202-727-9099 or text 50411 with information.

During Sydnor’s time at Wilson, she could be seen on the sidelines in green and black cheering on the Tigers’ football and basketball teams.

On Monday, the school’s cheerleading team had a meeting on campus and talked with counselors. The team took video’s of cheers honoring Sydnor, which can be viewed on its Twitter page, @WHS_TigersCheer.