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Police seek leads in killings of two students

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Prince George's County police are examining video that shows a Central High School student walking to school shortly before he was gunned down and don't believe anything was taken from him in the fatal attack, officials said.

Robbery has not been ruled out as a motive in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Marckel Ross, but officials with knowledge of the case who have not been authorized to speak publicly about it, said evidence thus far leads them to believe that whoever shot the high school junior did not steal anything from him.

Ross, a well-liked student who was part of the school's modeling club, was fatally shot the morning of Sept. 11 in the 6100 block of Old Central Avenue in Capitol Heights, just blocks from the school.

His death is one of two homicides involving high school students this school year that have left the school communities grieving. Amber Stanley, 17, was fatally shot in her bedroom after a gunman forced his way into her family's Kettering home Aug. 22.

Police are working feverishly to track down leads in the cases but have not yet identified suspects in either killing.

On Wednesday night, police will be back in both communities to meet with residents and seek out additional information.

At 6 p.m., police will host a community walk through the Kettering neighborhood where Amber lived. The walk will start at the Oak Creek West Community Park located at 13204 Whiteholm Drive, four blocks over from Amber's Chartsey Street home. County Police Chief Mark A. Magaw and Maj. Amal Awad are expected to attend the event, and officials will distribute fliers advertising the $25,000 reward being offered for information in her death.

An hour later at Central High School, police will host a meeting to address concerns and answer questions from the community in Ross' death.

"With a case like this, we want to get as much information as possible and keep the community involved," county police spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copeland said.

Officials attended back-to-school night at the high school shortly after Ross' killing, but will be returning to provide updates and to get the message out to others that they are still looking for information, Cpl. Copeland said.

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