It was just after 2:30 on the morning of Jan. 25 when Siohban Lee of Takoma Park left the home she shared with her grandmother to meet a man she had connected with on an Internet dating Web site a week or so earlier.
Prosecutors say Lee, 18, was standing at a Metro bus stop at Fifth and Nicholson streets NW when Alexander Buckley shot her in the head. Authorities charged Buckley, 22, whom Lee had met on the social networking Web site Tagged.com, with second-degree murder in Lee’s death.
Lee, who graduated last year from Montgomery Blair High School, was found by a patrol officer responding to a call about an unconscious person lying on a sidewalk in the Brightwood neighborhood. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
At a hearing Friday in D.C. Superior Court, nearly three rows of Lee’s family, including her parents, grandmother and sister, crowded on one side of the courtroom for Buckley’s preliminary hearing. Buckley has been held in the D.C. jail since the shooting. He was escorted into the courtroom wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and had a tattoo of a star on his right cheek.