15-year-old’s killing marks county’s fifth student homicide this school year
by Daniel J. Gross
A 15-year-old Suitland High School student was killed Monday in Hillcrest Heights, making him the fifth Prince George’s County Public Schools student to be slain this academic year.
Around 4:22 p.m. in the 4000 block of 28th Avenue in Hillcrest Heights, police received a call for a welfare check after residents noticed a teenage boy collapsed in front of a house near the roadway, said Lt. Bill Alexander, a county police spokesman.
Alexander said the Suitland freshman was suffering from trauma to his upper body and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police have also not yet detailed the nature of the boy’s trauma.
“Detectives are obviously investigating as we speak with neighbors in an effort to determine a suspect and motive in this case,” he said.
Police have not yet released the boy’s name, but sources have said he lives in the area where he was found.
Four other PGCPS students have been killed this school year.
Friendly High School student Marcus Jones, 16, was shot while leaving a birthday party in Fort Washington around midnight Jan. 19.
Eliezar Reyes, 14, was a Nicholas Orem Middle School student attending Foundations School in Largo for behavioral issues, county school officials said. Reyes was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Lewisdale after midnight Dec. 5.
Capitol Heights 18-year-old Marckel Ross, a junior at Central High School, was shot on his morning walk to school Sept. 11.
On Aug. 22, 17-year-old Amber Stanley was the victim of the first student homicide this school year when she was gunned down inside her Kettering bedroom. She was a junior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.
The Jones and Reyes slayings were both gang-related, Prince George’s police have said.