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Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 01/10/2011

2 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Pr. George's

By Erica Johnston
Erica Johnston


Two males were stabbed Monday night in Prince George's County, and investigators think the suspects may have been gang members who mistakenly believed that their victims were rivals, the department's public affairs commander said.

Maj. Andrew Ellis said the two victims were walking down East University Boulevard, in the Lewisdale area, about 6:15 p.m. when they were attacked by three or four males. He said that initially there was "no indication that the victims were doing anything wrong," and "it appears there may be some gang involvement on the part of the suspects."

Both victims were taken to the hospital, where one later died, Ellis said. The other is expected to survive.

Ellis said investigators had no suspects in custody.

He said one of the victims was in his late teens and the other in his early 20s, and both were of Mexican descent. He said investigators were working to confirm their identities and notify family members of their deaths.

Preliminarily, Ellis said, investigators had no information to indicate a connection between Monday's incident and the slaying in the Langley Park area from Saturday. Still, he said investigators were exploring that possibility because they happened so close together geographically and because both killings involved knives.

Ellis said police would redouble their efforts to crack down on violence in the wake of the latest killing, the 10th in as many days. He noted a patrol officer in the area specifically to deter such incidents arrived on the scene within about a minute, and that officer was the first to notify dispatchers what had happened.

"This county will not be defined by violence," Ellis said. "I want to be clear on that, because although we've seen homicide spikes in the past, there's certainly concern in the community, and rightly so. We will not be defined by violence, and there's no question we're going to find out who's committing these homicides."

By Erica Johnston  | January 10, 2011; 10:38 PM ET
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Comments

What, no blaming of these murders on the political rhetoric of Sara Palin and Rush Limbaugh ??

I'm surprised the editors let it through.
.

Posted by: gitarre | January 11, 2011 3:26 AM | Report abuse

LEGALIZE DRUGS = END VIOLENCE...PERIOD

Posted by: PEACE4ALL2407 | January 11, 2011 5:51 AM | Report abuse

guns kill,knives dont. must be a mistake or the thugs left home without out their pieces,and go to plan B. PG and DC SOS

Posted by: pofinpa | January 11, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Victims, victimizing other victims...

Posted by: demtse | January 11, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"This county will not be defined by violence," Ellis said.

Uhh...actually, yes, it will.

Posted by: overed | January 11, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

sorry, ellis, it is so defined.

Posted by: peanut47 | January 11, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to PG!!! Murder capital. Murder defined.

I'm surprised you didn't blame the murders committed so far on Palin or Rush or Beck....what, the editors sleeping?

Posted by: Christian1941 | January 11, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Victims, victimizing other victims...

Posted by: demtse | January 11, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Call the police for every gunshot that you hear, or if you see/hear large groups of people outside late at night. I do. They still continue, but if enough people would report...

Posted by: CalmTruth | January 11, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Yup let's stop blaming the illegal immigrants for a week & let's start blaming Palin. I'm sure she put PG county under the cross hairs somewhere.

Posted by: LadeM | January 11, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"This county will not be defined by violence," Ellis said. "
________________

Sorry. PG already is. Has been. Always will be.

Posted by: willtill | January 11, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Just another night in the jungle. Yawn. Once upon a time, people actually moved to P.G. County to escape D.C. crime. The jokes on them...but nobody is laughing. I wonder what happened to P.G.C...? Anybody out there have an opinion?

Posted by: ddnfla | January 11, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"LEGALIZE DRUGS = END VIOLENCE...PERIOD
Posted by: PEACE4ALL2407 | January 11, 2011 5:51 AM | Report abuse"

do you mean to say that they won't kill to get the money for drugs...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 11, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"LEGALIZE DRUGS = END VIOLENCE...PERIOD
Posted by: PEACE4ALL2407 | January 11, 2011 5:51 AM | Report abuse"

do you mean to say that they won't kill to get the money for drugs...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 11, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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