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Posted at 7:48 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

2 men killed overnight in Pr. George's

By Debbi Wilgoren

Two men were killed overnight in separate incidents in Prince George's County, police said Tuesday, boosting the number of slayings in the county to three in the first days of 2011.

Police Cpl. Evan Baxter said that in both cases, officers responded to reported gunshots and found a man unresponsive and fatally wounded. Both men were pronounced dead immediately.

The first slaying occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 3900 block of Bexley Place in Suitland, Baxter said. Bexley Place is a short, dead-end road just east of St. Barnabas Road, originating from Old Branch Avenue. Baxter said police are investigating whether the slaying was connected to an event at a nearby banquet hall, the Upscale Ballroom, earlier in the evening.

About 2:30 a.m., police were again summoned for reported gunshots, this time to the 7200 block of Crafford Place in Fort Washington, Baxter said. Again, a man was found slain. Crafford Place, too, is a dead-end street, part of a residential complex. It is about six miles south of the site of the earlier slaying.

Police did not release the name of either man or indicate whether the slayings might be related.

The first slaying of the year in Prince George's was a stabbing in Chillum on New Year's Day.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | January 4, 2011; 7:48 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Pr. George's  
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Comments

Prince George's Cty actually had fewer homicides than DC last year.

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 4, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

darrren12000, that's true. And, there are more people living in PG than in DC.

It would, however, be interesting to see the DC murder numbers broken down by quarter...

Posted by: georgetownred | January 4, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The suburban rise in crime is owed to the re-gentrification of the city of D.C. Areas in the city that were once crime ridden are now inhabited by wealthier individuals and the value of properties in these areas have risen. Due to this increase, owners are not extending their lease agreements with residents who were leasing, some of whom are on public housing. These renters are then relegated to move to the suburbs where the prices to rent are lower. These same areas that were once prosperous in P.G. county are now experiencing an influx with these residents therefore resulting in an increase in violent crime.

Posted by: carron80 | January 4, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

And from what I got from the article besides the punk @$$ racist comments, stay off dead end streets in PG!!.....lmao

Posted by: usc932000 | January 4, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

And from what I got from the article besides the punk @$$ racist comments, stay off dead end streets in PG!!.....lmao

Posted by: usc932000 | January 4, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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