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Police Confirm The Motive Was Shoes in Suitland High Student’s Murder

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FORESTVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — A 15-year-old Suitland High School student lost his life Monday over a pair of shoes.

Friends of Charles “Chuck” Walker say the freshman was on his way to give his girlfriend a pair of shoes for Valentine’s Day when somebody approached him and demanded he hand them over. Walker refused and was subsequently shot to death, WNEW’s Karen Adams reports. Police confirmed at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that robbery was the motive behind the murder.

According to Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw, the department has strong community tips and expects to close the case quickly.

“Why would you pull the trigger on somebody that’s not messing with you? That makes me frightened for my life now,” one student told WNEW.

Police say they discovered Walker suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body in the 4000 block of 28th Avenue around 4:20 p.m. Monday. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Walker is the fifth Prince George’s County student to die in a violent act this year.

At the press conference, Magaw said the Marckel Ross murder from September is expected to be closed by next week. He wouldn’t elaborate on why he was so certain other than to say the department has been working closely with the State’s Attorney’s office. Both the chief and State’s Attorney say they’re looking to shift gears from solving cases to working with community partners to prevent youth murders.

Anyone with information on this murder is urged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or submit a tip online.

A reward of up to $25,000 is offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

WNEW’s Karen Adams and George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow WNEW on Twitter.

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