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Central High Junior Gunned Down While Walking to School

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Marckel Ross, a junior at Central High School in Capitol Heights.

Updated, Sept. 11, 5 p.m.: A junior at Central High School was gunned down while walking to school Tuesday morning in Capitol Heights, according to police and school officials.

According to Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Cpl. Michelle McKinney, the student was identified as 18-year-old Marckel Norman Ross.

PGPD received a call around 6:50 a.m. for a “man down” in the 6100 block of Old Central Avenue. When officers arrived on scene they found the victim in the 400 block of Abel Avenue, McKinney said.

Ross was pronounced dead at the scene with apparent gun shot wounds to his upper body, police said.

Last month, month another local high school student was gunned down in her bedroom. .

Both incidents are under investigation.

Prince George's County Public Schools released the following statement on Ross' death:

The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) community is saddened beyond measure by the shooting death that claimed the life of Central High School 11th grader Marckel Ross as he walked to school this morning. Counselors are being made available to students. We extend our deepest sympathies to this young man’s family and friends, along with our fervent hope that those responsible for his death will soon be brought to justice.

If you have a tip, call Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Police are offering a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s).

This story was updated to reflect the victim's age and the police reward offer.

sonia stewart September 12, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Such a sad way to start the school year. Of course I don't know what motivated these killers but I hope people will hesitate and think more before they do commit such devastating acts. At some point, there will be consequences and they will have to answer for their actions.
Parker Gross September 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
This is why I moved from Capitol Heights, MD. I went to Central and vowed that my son would not. The crazy part is I now live in Anne Arundel County which is 100% better than PG County. So I really don't understand the logic of moving back to SE, Jr aka PG County. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Marckel.
Polly September 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I can't imagine the heartache of the mom, dad & friends. So sad, no matter where you live.

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