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Posted at 8:38 PM ET, 02/15/2011

La Plata man fatally shot in his car

By Clarence Williams

Update, 8:36 p.m.:

Authorities say the man who was fatally shot in his car Tuesday afternoon in Charles County was a teacher at North Point High School in the Waldorf area. Christopher Hoefert, 24, taught technology education, authorities said.


A 24-year-old La Plata man was fatally shot in his car Tuesday afternoon, apparently by a man who then killed himself on a road in the White Plains area, Charles County sheriff's officials said.

Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman, said Christopher Hoefert was behind the wheel of his Saturn at the intersection of Middleton and Billingsley roads about 3:30 p.m. Another car pulled alongside him, driven by a man who got out, pulled out a gun and fired at least twice, fatally wounding Hoefert.

The suspect, identified by authorities as 22-year-old Richard Hector Becker of La Plata, then shot himself. Becker was found dead at the scene. Hoefert was taken to a hospital with two gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead, Richardson said.

Investigators said the two men were acquaintances and the shooting appeared to be targeted.

"We have information that these men knew each other, but we're not going to rule anything out," Richardson said.

She said investigators were following a potential lead on the motive for the shooting, but she declined to give details.

By Clarence Williams  | February 15, 2011; 8:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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headlines for Robert (not richard) and chris should read... "local alter boy shoots new teacher from new york in small town!"

there's more to this story indeed. ironically, the alter boy didn't have criminal priors until the big city teacher showed up next door.

the real story will come out, unfortunately for both parties.

grieving too

Posted by: un_r3gist3r3d | February 16, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Christopher Hoefert was an amazing person. Not only was he someone close to me, but he was a teacher, a son, a friend, and a father.

All this was taken away from him in a split second.

It shouldn't matter what the headline states. What the point of the matter is, is that someone's life was taken when it shouldn't have been.

Someone's son, Someone's friend, and my son's father. My son is 10 months old, and now I have to explain to him what happened to his dad when he gets older. He will never be able to experience his father because someone took it away.

I understand both families are grieving but these men are both dead. Lets not be making excuses why someone was shot. It takes one person to pull a trigger.

The only thing I have to give my son is pictures of his father.

Posted by: ma_thomas | February 16, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I Agree With her I Was a Student Of Mr.Hoefert He Was Goin Through Alot He Kept us Updated On His Situation But He Was A GREAT Man Hes Always Wanted The Best For His Son Wen He FOund Out He Had One, Nd Its Sad His Life Has Been Taking Over Something like This He Was Adjusting To Some Of The Decision That Were Bing Made But Trust And Believe He Kept His Head High. Hes In A Better Place Now. Rest In Peace MR.Hoefert Yur Truly Gonna Be Missed . <3

Posted by: babyboy2 | February 16, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

the only thing i have to give my kids are pictures of their uncle and the man who he killed when he took his own life. robert has nieces, nephews, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, acquaintances, etc. that have to endure seeing him laying on the street and made out to be a raving lunatic. i haven't seen nor heard of any offer of help for his family/community, nor the rest of the kids these guys spent their evenings with.

that's right, folks... these guys were good, close friends in a very tight knit, small community consisting of a single street off of a back road not far from the incident... until recently, apparently. they would not have crossed each other until recently... given recent events.

you can see it right here... chris happened to land a job and follow a path where, no matter what he did after work the community was going to back him. that was basically the only difference between he and robert as individuals. they were both very happy, helpful, encouraging, intelligent, young individuals with bright futures not too long ago.

robert was a very caring, loving, helpful, intelligent, church oriented individual who constantly gave of his time, effort, emotions and money to his community whether it be family, friend or just somebody who needed something. he never took credit for all the good he did and never let that stop him until tuesday.

unfortunately, both of these individuals had recently gone down paths they wouldn't be so proud of. once again, though, robert already had his biggest exploits on record and chris has the backing of the community. life as they knew it was about to change for the both of them given the whole situation.

i do not condone, nor pretend to completely understand why things went this way... but i have to say... robert is really taking a hit on the media and chris is being made out to be "THE" local hero. it's kind of a one sided story, don't you think?

in my mind... sans the recent activities of both individuals... both of these individuals were heroes in their own respect. folks should have the option of knowing that.

it is unfortunate for all involved... however... 2 very caring, giving individuals died tuesday. my heart goes out to them and theirs alike. but i can't just get over what's to be endured... and the fact that the truth as it actually is... seemingly, will never be heard by the masses... and those who actually may need the help may not get it... their close family and friends.

Posted by: un_r3gist3r3d | February 17, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Both were great people. Both were loved by family and friends. Both made decisions. Both were facing life changing circumstances. Both were scared about their futures. One used a gun.

R.I.P. Hoef - Now may you see the love we have for you.

Posted by: LoveISTHEanswer22 | February 17, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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