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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 11/21/2010

Arrest made after body found in box

By Paul Duggan

A Hyattsville man was arrested Saturday for allegedly shooting a fellow employee at their workplace in the District and dumping his body in a cardboard box 50 miles north of the city.

The suspect, Marvin Palencia, 34, a maintenance supervisor at a building in the 100 block of Constitution Avenue NW, allegedly shot and killed coworker Jacobo Vazquez, 36, at the building Nov. 12, police said. They said the slaying stemmed from a dispute involving a woman.

A Maryland highway cleanup crew on a post-weekend patrol for deer carcasses found Vazquez's body Tuesday, four days after the killing, police said. They said it was stuffed in a large, bloodstained box on an embankment below the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Frederick County.

Vazquez, of the 1100 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW, worked in building maintenance with Palencia, who became the focus of a police search after the body was discovered. Police said he was arrested "without incident" in Hyattsville about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with first-degree murder.

By Paul Duggan  | November 21, 2010; 12:47 PM ET
Categories:  Frederick, Pr. George's  
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wjc1va, are you legal? Where are YOU from, how did YOU get here? What's YOUR beef about these individuals? I'm sure there's so much more to what you're letting on to. I'm just saying...

It's sad that such a mindless murder occurred, but do me gloss over it by wondering aloud someone's immigration status on the basis of their name? Would we feel better if the individuals involved had Anglo sounding names? Would the crime be any less heinous?

Posted by: sahintepe | November 21, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Illegal or not, once again, Hispanics.
This nation must do a much better job of removing violent individuals from the public domain. It will cost a great deal but what is the price of freedom and security?

Posted by: JohnRice | November 21, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

They used to have a redeemable stamp (similar to Green Stamps) in SoCal called "Black and Tan." It seems that the criminal element follows the same line.

Posted by: mortified469 | November 21, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

mortified469....yo mother

Posted by: msdooby1 | November 21, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

why is everything race related,white men are killing their whole families,most serial killers,rapist and child molesters are white,nothing..nothing makes this madness right nor justified...we are either a part of the solution or part of the problem,spewing hate solves nothing

Posted by: pURPLE54 | November 22, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Dude...seriously. Every race has losers. Imagine if everyone else made assumptions about caucasians based upon Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 22, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, Palencia was messing around with Vazquezs' wife. I guess Vazquez wasn't paying enough attention to that poontang.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | November 22, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure a lot of the usual suspects on here who hate illegals look at this case as a win on both fronts. You have an illegal killing another illegal, so it's the best of both Worlds.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 22, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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