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16-year-old P.G. student fatally shot

Killing marks fourth public schools student slain this school year

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A 16-year-old Fort Washington boy was fatally shot after attending a party early Sunday — the fourth time a Prince George's County Public Schools student has been slain this school year.

Marcus Antonio Jones was gunned down in the 7700 block of Webster Lane just after midnight Saturday after leaving a Camp Springs-area home and walking to a car, according to county police. Family members said the Friendly High School sophomore had attended a party with friends that evening.

"He was just at a party with a couple of people from his school," his cousin Latrice Robinson said as she prepared to attend a candlelight vigil being held for Marcus on Sunday night.

Prince George's County police said someone shot Marcus and then fled on foot. Detectives were following "substantial leads" but had not identified a suspect or motive in the case as of Sunday, police said.

Family and friends hosted the candlelight vigil for Marcus on Sunday evening at the Potomac Landing Community Center in Fort Washington, where Ms. Robinson said her cousin often went to play football and basketball.

"He was a good child. He was really involved with the community," Ms. Robinson said.

With school closed Monday, school officials said a letter would go home to parents about Marcus' death, and counselors would be available at Friendly High School on Tuesday when students return to class.

This is the fourth fatal shooting of a county schools student this school year in Prince George's County. None of the killings happened on school property.

Charles H. Flowers High School senior Amber Stanley was gunned down in her home just days after the start of classes in August. The killing was followed by the shooting of Central High School junior Marckel Ross one September morning as he walked to class.

Eliezer Reyes, 14, was killed in a December drive-by shooting in Lewisdale that police have said was gang related. Reyes was a first-year student at the Foundation Schools in Largo, which provide specialized education for students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities, after attending Nicholas Orem Middle School the two prior years.

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