WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Another Prince George's Co. Teen A Victim Of Gun Violence

Play associated audio

Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday at a Prince George's County high school following the weekend death of a Fort Washington teen.

Sixteen-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones was leaving a house party in the 7700 block of Webster Lane late Saturday when he was shot and killed by an attacker who remains unknown.

Saturday's shooting is the fourth murder of a Prince George's county teen within the  current school year. At least two of the murders remain unsolved, including the August killing of 17-year old Amber Stanley who was shot and killed in her bedroom by someone who burst into her home, and the murder of 18-year old Markel Ross who was shot while walking to school in September.

The suspect in each case remains unknown, and at large.

Prince George's county police spokesperson Cpl. Maria McKinney describes what happen Saturday.

"The preliminary investigation shows that as Jones was was walking to a car after leaving a home on Webster Lane, an unknown suspect shot him and ran away," McKinney says.

Tension was high at Friendly High school today where Jones, known as Spike to his friends, was a junior.

"Everybody wants to know who murdered our friend Spike," says Anthony Dudley, a senior at Friendly High.

Dudley says counselors can help ease some of the anxiety at school, but few can control what happens in the streets.

"I'm terribly afraid; afraid of just walking around my way, cause once I got robbed at gunpoint," Dudley says. "That could have been me, but sadly it was Spike. There is a big concern about guns and murders around here, but it just gotta stop."

Prince George's County police have scheduled a community meeting Wednesday to address questions about their investigation into Jones murder.

NPR

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.
NPR

Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.
NPR

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?
NPR

Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'

President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.