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Five arrested for teen’s murder

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Published on: Thursday, February 21, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County Police Department arrested five men for the shooting death of 15-year-old Michael Walker Jr.

“With the help of tips from the community and along with Crime Solvers tips led detectives to develop the five suspects, which were arrested Tuesday and today,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said at a press conference Wednesday. “All five suspects are in custody.”

The five apprehended men are Derryck Antonio Green, 20, of Alexandria, Va.; Jermani Maurice Whitner, 18, of Temple Hills; Glenn Cornell Leach, 23, of Southeast Washington, D.C.; Tayvon Delonte Williams, 21, of Oxon Hill, and Kevin J. Smith, 21, of Temple Hills. All five have been charged with first-degree murder.

Two of the five men, Smith and Whitner, live just a few blocks from where Walker was gunned down around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Hillcrest Heights teen was walking down the 4000 block of 28th Avenue to a bus stop with a pair of Timberland boots in a shopping bag to deliver the boots to his girlfriend when a white van with five occupants pulled up and demanded the shopping bag. Maj. Michael Straughan, commander of PGPD Criminal Investigations Division, said Walker turned and started to run the down the sidewalk and was shot one time in his back. The van fled the area, leaving the boots in the shopping bag behind.

“The shoes were never touched,” Straughan said.

Walker, a Suitland High School freshman, is the fifth Prince George’s County Public Schools student to be killed this school year.

“No one wants this type of violence — not our community, not our community leader, not this department, the public schools, not the family of the victims,” Magaw said.

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