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Prince George's County Police officials say they are working on a strategy to address the slate of young people murdered this school year.
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Prince George's County Police officials say they are working on a strategy to address the slate of young people murdered this school year.

Police say an 18-year-old freshman at Suitland High School was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Forestville, Md., according to the Associated Press. This came on the same day that police confirmed that Charles Walker Jr., another Suitland student, was killed for his shoes.

The unidentified victim was one of two 18-year-olds shot late Tuesday afternoon. Police told Associated Press the other victim was in grave condition after the shooting. Police are investigating the shooting but have not released information about suspects or a possible motive.

More details on Charles Walker Jr. murder

Police don't believe the shooting is related to that of Charles Walker Jr., who was shot by an unknown attacker late Monday on the 4100 block of 28th Avenue in Hillcrest Heights as he was headed to his girlfriend's house carrying a gift that cost him his life.

"The motive in this case is robbery, involving a pair of shoes that were being carried in a shopping bag," says Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw. "We anticipate this case will close quickly."

Friends and fellow students at Suitland High School where Walker was a freshman, endured the day coping with their loss. Fellow freshman Antoine Hicks knew the guy friends called Chuck. He says his death was hard to accept.

"I just felt like it wasn't true at first," Hicks says. "Then I went to my first period class, because he's supposed to be in that class, and he wasn't there, and then I just busted out and started crying."

String of youth murders prompts calls for action

With the murders of six high school aged students in the past five months, residents are demanding that police step up their investigation. At a press conference late Tuesday, Magaw addressed their concern.

"I stand here today with State's attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and Michael Blow the director of school security to collectively proclaim our resolve to engage as partners to stop violence against young people," Magaw says. "An announcement of that partnership and our strategy will be forthcoming in the days ahead."

Prince George's County Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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