Victim identified in Silver Spring stabbing; suspect charged

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, have identified the victim and charged one person in a fatal stabbing.

Getro Banamina, 19, died following a fight Tuesday morning between him and Dakari Thomas, 18. It happened on the 900 block of Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring at around 11:30 a.m..

Police found Thomas with wounds to his hand and arm. He told officers that he was in a fight with another person, who fled the scene. Police also found a knife on Thomas, a news release said.

Police found Banamina on the 8400 block of Fenton Street with stab wounds on his chest area. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Thomas had been arrested on charges of first-degree assault, which later changed to first-degree murder when Banamina died. He is also facing an attempted escape charge after he tried to run when he was being led to a police cruiser.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call Montgomery County police’s Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Below is the area where it happened.


Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on Twitter and Instagram to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2021 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up