On February 24, 2013, at approximately 4:00 am, patrol officers were called to the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, patrol officers found Avelar suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Avelar was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to the blog of the Prince George's County Police Department.
The preliminary investigation reveals the murder appears gang-related. Avelar had been attending a party at a hotel on Baltimore Avenue. A fight broke out in the parking lot between the group the victim was with and a second group attending a separate party at the same hotel. During that fight, Avelar was shot.
Detectives are working to identify the suspect(s) in this case.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or submit a tip online.
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