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By Jonathan Wilson

Police are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate in the D.C. jail. Josue Pena had been charged earlier this month in the shooting death of a 9-year-old -- Oscar Fuentes.

People in Oscar's neighborhood have mixed emotions about the latest news.

Wilfredo Gonzalez is watching his son Brandon ride a black and yellow bike in front of their apartment building in Columbia Heights. It's just across the street from where Oscar was shot.

Gonzalez says whatever happened to Pena -- will have little to do with the grief felt by Oscar's family.

"Their loss is too big. They lost a son," he says.

Danita Clark walks past Oscar's building on her way to work. She says Pena's sudden death may make it hard for those who loved Oscar to feel a sense of justice.

"He got off easy -- that's the only thing," Clark says. "He should have been punished for it, suffered for it, but he got off a little easy."

The Department of Corrections says Pena was in a special unit of the jail -- supervised by five officers -- for security purposes.

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