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Arrest made in gang-related College Park shooting

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Published on: Friday, March 08, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County Police Department arrested a suspect for the gang-related shooting that killed a 20-year-old man in College Park late last month.

Last Friday, police apprehended Edwin Morales, 20, of Southeast, Washington, D.C. He was charged with the homicide of David Esequel Avelar.

Avelar was the 19th homicide victim of 2013 in Prince George’s County.

The shooting occurred around 4 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Days Inn in College Park. Patrol officers were called to the Days Inn, in the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue, for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, patrol officers found Avelar suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to police officials, the murder was gang-related. Avelar had been attending a party at the hotel when a fight broke out in the parking lot between a group the victim was with and a second group attending a separate party at the same hotel. Detectives determined Morales shot Avelar during the fight.

Morales is charged with first- and second-degree murder and related charges. As of The Sentinel’s deadline, he was in custody in Washington , D.C., awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County.

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