City Desk

Jamal Coates’ Heavily Guarded Funeral


D.C. cops looked pretty intimidating at the funeral of Jamal Coates this afternoon. Out in force, they glared  as crowds of mourners hung out around the King Emmanuel Baptist Church in Adams Morgan, and the nearby Ontario Coin Laundromat. Just last week, the gang violence that left Coates shot dead erupted after a funeral on U Street.

At one point, two cops in flak jackets followed one group of mourners down Ontario Street NW.

As for the funeral that went  on inside, reporters were asked not to attend. ANC Commissioner Bryan Weaver, who did attend, says everything went well: "Considering, I thought it was pretty upbeat." He says the funeral focused on the life of the 21-year-old Coates, and how to help young men like him. Coates was at times affiliated with a gang.

According to a police source, Coates was shot in connection to a longstanding beef between the 1-7 crew (based near 17th and Euclid NW) and the G-Rod crew (from 14th and Girard NW).  And the murder allegedly took place after a member of G-Rod was insulted. (Police have arrested Brandon Miller in connection with the shooting.)

At times, Coates tried to turn his life around, but didn't manage to get far enough away from neighborhood influences to make the change stick. Weaver says the Rev. Daryl F. Bell, who spoke at Coates' funeral, put it best: "If you hang out at the hot dog stand, you're most likely going to eat a hot dog."

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  • DCexpat

    Would the author have preferred that the police look cheerful and distracted at a gang members funeral with a very high likelihood of violence? As a community member, I am grateful they were there in all their steely resolve and I am glad this funeral is done.

  • Rick Mangus

    Yes, just as I thought Bryan Weaver was there kissing ever low life ass as I predicted yesterday!

    GOOD BYE TO TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • deecee foodeee

    Rick, I know you are primarily trolling but come on - Weaver is a great guy trying to do some good with these kids/teens and volunteering a lot of time - keep in mind that not everyone is a lost cause and it looked like Coates was trying to get away from trouble.

  • Kween

    @ Rick I am so sick of people like you looking down on our youth!!!! This man had a family, friends and tins if people who loved him. I pray and hope nothing tragic ever happens in ur family or to you "TRASH"!!!! How inconsiderate of you!! This young man was trying to turn his life around. I'm quite sure u made mistakes in ur life, and u have learned from them. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone!!!!

  • Rick Mangus

    'Kween' and 'deecee foodeee' this low life scum, Coates was in a car with other low life scum, and when the car crashed the police found guns in the car! But you assholes think this pice of shit Coates should be given an award, well he got his award!

    Oh by the way 'Kween' maybe women like you in your community should keep their feet on the floor and your legs together, instead humping for every young buck and stop producing bastard kids!

  • Monica

    RICK are an ignorant ASSHOLE. I can't believe this young life was taking and out ofthe entire ordeal all you have to say is to call this boy scum. YOU ARE TRASH and SCUM, and I can think of a lot more indecent words to call you. GO JUMP OFF A BRIDGE YOU BOOTY SCRATCHER. Yes, I am stupping down to your immature level, cause this asshole needs someone to tell him abbout hisself. Who are you to think you are better than anyone!!! WELL I AM HERE TO TELL Y OU YOU ARE NOT!!!!

  • deecee foodeee

    Rick - I did not read that there were guns in the car - where did you find that information? Just curious. If there were I might very well change my opinion.

    Thanks -

  • Rick Mangus

    'deecee foodeee' In the Washington Post and Washington Times!

    'Monica', yes I do think that I am better then some uneducated ass like you and that scum Coates who is now worm food!

  • SEdcDude

    WOW at the INSENSITIVITY, IGNORANCE and GAY RAGE being slung round here by none other than "MANGEE" ASS RICKY "MANSPUNK" LOVIN' MANGUS BEEFEATER!!!!

    Your raggedy ass has been rather mean spirited and vulgar on a new level, what, you mad cuz your test results were positive, your t-cells runnin' low, bad case of Rectal Prolapse, been havin cold sweats at night huh Ricky????

    You shall definitely get what your rum butt havin' ass has comin' to ya!!


    last laugh those "uneducated" folk shall have when your UPPITY, morally challenged ass starts to lose weight, hair and all common sense, which the latter has already raised its expected head.....CRASH DUMMY!

  • Monica

    I KNOW that's right (SEdcDude)!!! FUCK THAT piece of trash, yes you "RICKY" trust your day will come, you need to count your blessings, and be thankful that you are here to even be able to post such an ignorant comment. REMEMBER GOD DON"T LIKE UGLY, and I can only imagine how you look!!!! I have never met anyone who would say such bad comments about a decease person like. BOY someone in JAMAL's family need to catch up with you BITCHASS forreal!!!!! You actually called him scum!!!!! And yes I did read that guns were in the car, but ok, it doesn't mean they were his guns!!! Once living the lifestyle he was living, I'm sure he had to watch his back, regardless of the fact he was in a gang or not!!! That doesn't make him less of a person or scum for that matter. Tell your family to write down my email address, so that I can get an email invitation to your funeral....I wouldn't miss it for the world!!!!!

  • Rick Mangus

    'Monica' you must be a product of the DC Public School system to be so STUPID! One things for sure I'm not a hypocrite like you are! worm food baby, worm food that is what your friend Coates is now!

  • SEdcDude

    raggedy ass boy pussy, cum dump is what you is "MANGEE" RICKY, hells yeah that's what you is and always will be GUMP!