Duncan James McCrea
21 Years Old

October 10, 1953 to September 5, 1975

Duncan James McCrea received his BA in Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1975. He moved to Washington, D.C., gaining a Draftsman's job with AMTRAK. He loved railroads and architecture. His AMTRAK job combined both hobbies.

Duncan was an Eagle Scout. He was a four-year member of the Glee Club at the University of Virginia.

He had two sisters, one two years older and one nine years younger.


September 5, 1975, Duncan was murdered on the streets of the Georgetown Section of Washington, D.C. Aubrey Dockery, aka Aubrey A. Brown was arrested and convicted of the crime. He was sentenced to sixteen to forty-six years in federal prison.

It was a hate crime. Mr. Dockery was so angry at the world that he walked up to Duncan, grabbed him, and in the struggle that followed stabbed him with a five-inch switchblade.

Mr. Dockery had grown up with hate in his heart. He had been with the Army in Vietnam. His discharge was yellow, tainted. He had done something wrong that the Army didn't like, and they had thus seen fit to end his Army career. Mr. Dockery had a juvenile record, which of course is sealed.

Mr. Dockery's companion testified against him at the D.C. trial.1

Our family decided to deal with the hate by offering memorial gifts to the Six Africo-American Colleges related to the United Church of Christ. Several thousand dollars was given to that cause.

1 United States of America v. Aubrey A. Dockery AKA Aubrey A. Brown, before the Honorable Norma Holloway Johnson, Associate Justice and a jury duly empanelled and sworn, April 22 and 23, 1976.

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