Police Arrest Man Suspected of Shooting 16-year-old Breyona McMillian

Ways to Help Her Family and the Community

Breyona McMillian. (Photo: Natasha McMillian)

The man suspected of firing the shots that killed a 16-year-old girl on Nov. 25 at Potomac Gardens on the 1200 block of I Street SE turned himself in to DC police on Nov. 29. Police arrested the man, 30-year-old Saeve Evans of Southeast, on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the fatal shooting of Breyona McMillian.

Evans has an arrest record in DC dating back to 2004. In 2014, he was arrested on charges of Assault with Intent to Kill, but the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case dismissed the charges after several hearings in 2015. In 2008, he was arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The case was initially dismissed five months later, but reopened in June 2009 with four new charges of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, two Unlawful Possession of a Firearm counts and Carrying a Pistol without a License. A jury acquitted Evans of all charges.

Evans doesn’t have the right to own a gun due to a 2006 conviction that jailed him for three years — he’s classified as a felon. In that incident, he assaulted a police officer with a dangerous weapon and had stolen property.

Police suspect Evans fired the shots at Potomac Gardens on Nov. 25 around 11:40 a.m. that hit and killed McMillian. McMillian had been attending a boarding school in Iowa, but had recently returned home to her family. Neighbors and friends of her and her family described her as “sweetheart” and told the Washington Post she planned to return to school in the District, get a job and move her and her mom out of the public housing complex.

How to Help

McMillian’s family is asking for funds to pay for their daughter’s funeral and burial through Go Fund Me “Justice for Bre.” As of Wednesday, the fundraiser had gained $6,400 of the $10,000 goal from 153 people. 

“Please help raise money to bury my baby. She was only 16 years old and lost her life to a senseless act of violence,” Natasha McMillian, Breyona’s mother, wrote on the Go Fund Me page. “I'm still lost for words. Please keep me and my family in your prayers!!”

How to Take Action

More than 100 members of the community turned out at a meeting on Nov. 28 at St. Coletta’s of Greater Washington to address the recent shootings in the Hilleast and Capitol Hill areas. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) Denise Krepp (6B10) hosted several city leaders including Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) and MPD Acting Chief Peter Newsham.

In addressing the fatal shooting of McMillian, the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) confirmed they will install additional cameras at Potomac Gardens in the next few weeks, which area commissioners Aimee Grace (incoming 6B07), and Daniel Chao (6B07) will ensure happens before January 2017.

Commissioners Chao and Grace plan to also look into the safety and loitering at the pocket parks around the Potomac Gardens and Southeast neighborhoods. And for anyone interested in volunteering or helping the children at Potomac Gardens through the Little Lights program, reach out to Grace (aimeegrace@gmail.com), Chao (6b07@anc.dc.gov) and DCHA Commissioner Aquarius Vann-Ghasri (avghasri@dchousing.org).

Commissioner Krepp also encouraged community members to contact Allen’s office and other DC Councilmembers’ offices about the budget for MPD. Krepp argued at the meeting that with the number of crimes around the city, the agency can use more resources and hires.

Finally, for anyone who may have private surveillance video of a crime that happened near their home or business, First District Commander Morgan Kane requests you call police at 202-727-9099 so that any criminals can be identified and caught. You can also email morgan.kane@dc.gov and MPD Lt. Damion Taylor at damion.taylor@dc.gov