'Unfathomable': Washington DC murder victims often killed over petty insults, experts say

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michael Lofton was murdered for breaking up a dice game. His death set off a cycle of retaliation, yet Lofton’s killer was never arrested, his older brother, Larry McMichael, told Fox News.

“God be told, I lost him when he was 18,” McMichael said. “He broke the crap game up and they killed him.”

The next year, McMichael’s close friend was murdered for inexplicable jealousy.

But those incidents aren’t unusual even though they happened over 20 years ago. Murders in the nation’s capital most frequently stem from a petty dispute or insult, according to criminologists and local officials.

Larry McMichael, a drug dealer-turned youth mentor, describes his pain after his brother was murdered.

Larry McMichael, a drug dealer-turned youth mentor, describes his pain after his brother was murdered.

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