D.C. Man Arrested in 'Gang-Related' College Park Shooting

Edwin Morales, 20, faces first- and second-degree murder charges.

Authorities say a Washington, D.C. man was arrested Friday and charged with fatally shooting 20-year-old David Esequel Avelar last month in College Park.

According to Prince George's County police, Edwin Morales, 20, of the 3300 block of Monterey Ln. SE was taken into custody in northwest D.C. He faces first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and other related charges.

On Feb. 24 at around 4 a.m., police responded to a report of a shooting in the 9100 block of Baltimore Ave. in College Park. When officers arrived, they found Avelar suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to police, the shooting occurred when a fight broke out between two groups of people in a hotel parking lot. During the altercation, Morales allegedly shot Avelar.

Police believe the killing was gang-related.

As of Sunday afternoon, Morales was awaiting extradition to Prince George's County.

Karen DeSha March 05, 2013 at 04:02 AM
You were not aware; please, for your safety and those you love, do a little research and know the truth. Stay safe. I remain Justin's momma
manual valdez March 05, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I know Edwin and such words that you have said are very unnecessary, you don't understand the circumstances that were present. Although I completely dislike gang violence but some people are good just make bad decisions, it is the life you are raised to live it is hard to stop in many situations you can't walk away even if you wanted.before anyone is judged you need to be open minded and know that you may not understand or know the motives. I am deeply saddened to hear about your son I am a only child myself and gave had many family taken due to gang violence some took part and some was killed accidentally. I have been able to accept it and don't wish death on anyone despite the pain and anger I feel, its unnecessary to say such things. Was your kid related in any violence that you didn't know of I was in the past but at home was an angel.
manual valdez March 05, 2013 at 05:45 AM
People need to be able to avoid situations like this people are not stupid, they have the intelligence to stop and turn around.
Karen DeSha March 05, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Manuel~Thank you for your condolence for my beautiful son. You definitely have a right to your opinion [and free speech] and I must tell you; not many friends would have Edwin's back right now. You must be a very special person. However; I am 57 years old and will tell you right now; NOTHING THAT HAPPENED IN EDWIN'S LIFE MADE HIM KILL. What happened during his life has nothing to do with what he did; he murdered....the end. My beautiful son was not without sin [as no one is] but Justin did not play the "fake game" with us you seemed to have played with your parents. Not all children fear being open and honest with parents who do not flip out about every damn thing! He knew he could tell us anything; BECAUSE WE LISTENED and DID NOT JUDGE. Justin always told the truth; do you seriously think I did not talk with Justin about pot, pills, drinking, everything, etc...but he was different; he KNEW at the age of SIX he wanted to be a Physicist. What six year old even knows what a Physicist does? He was busy making straight A's from elementary to high school [at the age of 12 Duke University invited Justin to take the SAT], he refused to learn to drive until he was seventeen; he didn't want too..Justin was a scholar, a geek. Continued.....
Karen DeSha March 05, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Continued~ Although, Justin was Independent; he did not need others around to make him feel BIG! He never even saw a [real gun] until his MURDERER shoved one in his face. We are not violent people but as the mother of a murdered child I am [sick and tired] of young people thinking they can pull a gun and take a life and not suffer the consequences for this HORRIDLY DISGUSTING ACT. Why should Edwin live Manuel; did the person he murdered deserve to die? God bless you Manuel; I hope you feel you can be more open and honest with your family now. In the end all one has is family. I will tell Edwin one thing; he has a great friend in you. You and your words will remain in my thoughts....I will pray for you and for Edwin...however; I will not retract one word I typed. I remain Justin's sad and confused momma


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