'mother of 2nd slain #SuitlandHigh student holds picture of Aaron Kidd. About to be a father next month' (@9NewsDelia via Twitter)
FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- For the second straight morning, hearts are broken as students at Suitland High School mourn the loss of another classmate. Police identified the 15-year-old killed on Monday afternoon as Charles "CJ" Walker. The freshman was shot to death on 28th Avenue in Hillcrest Heights. Walker's classmates told us they believe he was killed over shoes that he planned to give to his girlfriend.
The latest shooting happened at about 5:35 p.m. at a parking lot located on the 3700 block of Donnell Drive near Pennsylvania Avenue in Forestville, Prince George's County Police said. Two 18 year olds were shot, say police. Police say an 18-year-old, ninth grade student from Suitland High School died in the shooting. Another 18-year-old is in critical condition.
WUSA 9's Delia Goncalves tweeted a photo that shows the mother of the second slain Suitland High student, Aaron Kidd, holding a photo of him. Goncalves reports that the mother says Aaron Kidd was about to become a father next month. She says she dropped him off at school in the morning and didn't see him again.
Right now there is no indication that the Donnell Drive shooting has anything to do with the murder of 15-year-old Charles Walker on Monday, police said. Investigators continue to search for a motive.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Police Chief Mark Magaw said, "When a senseless act of violence takes a young person's life, this police department and our community grieve. And when five high school students are killed within the 2012-13 school year, we all demand both justice and an accounting on the circumstances that give rise to juvenile violence."
Violent crimes against teens are spiking at an alarming rate. Police say four of the six violent crimes against young people in the past six months are close to being solved, and are encouraging anyone who may have information to contact them.
Meanwhile, the community is trying to comprehend and cope with the losses.
Prince George's County Public Schools released this statement:
"We are horrified to learn that tragedy struck another one of our students within a 24-hour time-span. Our hearts are broken again and we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. We cannot go another day without addressing these unspeakable acts of violence against our students. We are asking for the community's support as our students, teachers and employees cope with these incidents."
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III released the following statement on Wednesday morning:
"The loss of two teenage boys over the last two days has been painful and concerns all of us. These tragic deaths make us angry as we witness the end of these young lives because of senseless acts of violence. Far too many times this school year we have lost teenagers at the hand of a gun. I want the families of these young victims to know that we will not tolerate outrageous behavior like this in Prince Georges County. Our children are too precious and we must protect them from harms way. I am the parent of three young people who grew up in this County. The children of this County belong to all of us, so we are deeply affected when we lose them.
It is time channel our pain and anger towards addressing this situation. It starts with instilling hope in our young people where there is hopelessness. We must work together to break this chain of violent behavior that our young people are resorting to. It is why I will be assembling leaders from, the Police Department, Sheriffs Department, States Attorneys Office, Prince Georges County Public Schools, and Youth and Family Services to look at ways this government can attack this problem holistically.
However, this is not a problem that government can solve alone. I need faith leaders, non-profit organizations, civic associations and Prince Georgians from across the County to stand with public safety and school officials and me to address this tragic trend. Together we can ensure that our most precious resources have the ability to live out their dreams.
I urge anyone who has knowledge of these crimes to call our Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Your call could help solve these crimes."
Police say if you have any information about these cases please call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or indictment.