Early on Sunday morning, July 21, two local men, Michael Joel Hall and Michael Roike were brutally attacked by a group of three men in their Eckington neighborhood residence near 3rd and U Streets NE. Details about who the attackers were are scarce and the motive of the attack is not yet clear. However, DC Police have started investigating the case as an anti-gay hate crime.
After the attack Michael Joel Hall was taken to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and had surgery. He owns Mid-City Yoga and is an ambassador with the Lululemon store in Logan Circle.
Moreover, the couple had recently lost their Logan Circle apartment when the building housing the Mid City Deli and Carry Out Deli caught fire on fire June 7 (see Fire at Mid City Deli Building, 14th and P NW).
How You Can Help
The community has come together in support of Hall and Roike — Hall has no health insurance to pay for his hospital expenses.
- A PayPayl account fund has been established to help with Hall’s costs has been established.
- Cobalt/30 Degrees (17th and R Streets NW) is hosting a fundraiser Thursday at 9 pm, June 26, with all door proceeds ($3 cover) go to the MJHFund.
- The Flow Yoga Center in Logan Circle (1450 P Street NW) will host a fundraiser, “In the Name of Love” fundraiser on Friday, July 27, 8:15 pm.
- Join the DC yoga community for a special donation yoga class benefiting Hall on Sunday, August 5, at 5 pm at Meridian Hill Park, 16th and W Streets NW.
See more photos from the Thursday evening fire at the Mid City Deli building.
There was a fire tonight around 8:30 pm at the southwest corner of 14th & P Streets NW. The third floor of the building that houses Mid City Deli and Carry Out Deli caught on fire. What seemed like a quiet nice evening on the bustling 14th Street corridor turned into waves of flames coming out of the third floor of the corner building.
The business is often referred to by locals as “the fish market at 14th and P.” For the past week or so, the first-floor deli and carryout appeared to have been closed. In an area of rapid change and turnover among longtime businesses, the establishment managed to keep going. The upstairs floors of the building are thought to have been apartments.
According to the latest information from the DC Police, no one was hurt. There were 10 fire engines on site and the 1400 block of P Street NW was closed.
The first tweet from the DC Police went out around 9 pm and initially gave the address as 1418 P Street NW, where CVS is located.
The latest DC Police tweet (@DCPoliceDept ) reads: “2D BUILDING FIRE/1400 14TH ST NW/ NO INJURIES/1400 P ST NW CLOSED/14TH ST NW CLOSED FROM R ST TO RI AVE NW/AVOID AREA.”
By 10:45 pm the last fire truck was preparing to leave the scene and the nearby streets had be reopened to traffic.