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Update: Body in Adams Morgan IDed as Reston Teen

by Karen Goff — December 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm 10 Comments

Paul McGuinness/Hearnon High YearbookThe body found in an Adams Morgan alley on Thursday has been identified as Reston college student Paul McGuinness Jr., a police spokesman told The Washington Post.

McGuinness’s family members have also said it was McGuinness, 19, whom they found lifeless at the bottom of a stairwell in the 2400 block of 18th Street in DC.

The family members told TV reporters they spent hours searching the area after McGuinness was reported missing on Wednesday.

They said McGuinness had gone to Adams Morgan with a cousin and was last seen about 1:30 a.m. at a bar, Madam’s Organ, located at 2461 18th St.NW

McGuinness was a 2015 graduate of Herndon High School who was home on winter break from his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“He was a JOY,” said Dannielle LaRosa, a Herndon High parent. “He always had a smile for everyone. I am heartbroken.”

McGuinness attended Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington before transferring to Herndon for his senior year. He played on the Hornets’ football team in the 2014 season, according to the HHS yearbook.

Police are still investigating the cause of death and what exactly happened early Wednesday, but foul play is not suspected.

This is the second tragedy to hit the Herndon High Community in the last five months. In August, three members of Herndon High’s Class of 2014 – Kyle Mathers, Holly Novak and Dale Neibaur – were killed in a car crash on their way to a gaming festival near Austin, Texas. A fourth HHS grad, Kevin DiCicco, was badly injured in the crash.

Photo: Paul McGuinness/Courtesy Herndon High yearbook

  • meh

    I was under the impression that the drinking age is 21, is this not correct? If so, why was this youth at a bar at 1:30 in the morning?

    • TS

      Because this article has it wrong, it’s not a bar it is a club

      • Karen Goff

        Wrong. It’s a bar http://www.madamsorgan.com. The underage drinking discussion will have to wait for another day. Let’s give the family some space and peace OK?

        • SouthRestonResident

          With all due respect,where in the terms & conditions and the rules you’ve recently placed is this bared from discussion?

          If Police are still investigating the cause of death is it not within reason to ponder whether or not a bar that requires you to be 21 to both enter and consume alcohol is relevant?

          The family can have all the space they need, no one here is discussing the family at hand or even if personal responsibility should be questioned, as I doubt many of us have called for an Uber leaving a bar and fell down a flight of stairs (or at least I would hope not). The question is what responsibility does the owner of the establishment, the bouncer(s) and those that potentially served the person alcohol (toxicology reports pending)

          • Karen Goff

            I am just asking nicely. No, it does not violate the terms of service. I am sure there will be several stories coming (from my DC colleagues about the bar and responsibility). I won’t have that info TODAY is what I am saying.

    • Underage drinker

      He was at a bar because he wanted to have a drink presumably. I don’t know any 19 year old college kids home for their first Christmas break that didn’t do the exact same thing.

      What does that have to do with anything anyway?

      Poor kid. My condolences to his family.

      • meh

        Well if he’s 19 that means he’s under 21. If he’s under 21 he should not have been admitted to the bar as the requirement for entry is 21. Moreover the legal age for consumption of alcohol is 21.

        So its within reason that this youth broke the law, made very questionable life choices and ultimately wound up deceased due to said events.

        So an underage person drinking at a bar has everything to do with the story

        • Anti Meh

          DId you ever have a drink before you were 21?
          You are a hideous troll and Goff should ban you. Nothing you’ve ever posted has been a positive contribution to discourse.

        • Charles P. Dorfeuille

          Many of his friends read this, and this is a time for mourning for them.
          Do not do this here. Do not do this now.

  • Ken Knueven

    So sorry to hear this news. My prayers go to the family and friends…

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