‘Turn yourself in’: Grieving Md. family wants help to find man’s killer

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Every day for a year, a mother has asked herself why someone had killed her son. Now, Prince George’s County police and the family of Karl Sellers Jr. are appealing for help to find his killer.

“Help us. Please, help us. We just want some closure,” Stacey Kelly said Tuesday at police headquarters.

Sellers, 28, was shot and killed Nov. 14, 2016 in a Bladensburg apartment complex on 57th Avenue.

“This took place at 10:30 at night, and we believe there was definitely people outside in the area,” Prince George’s County police Cpl. Tyler Hunter said. Police do not believe Sellers was a target of the shooting.

“If anyone was in the area a year ago, (who) may have seen something, no matter how little — it could be the piece of information that our detectives gravely need to help solve this case,” Hunter said.

Kelly believes the killer should go to police willingly. “Turn yourself in,” she said. “What’s done in the dark comes to the light, and it’s just a matter of time.”

Sellers leaves behind two children: Son Rathen just turned 11 years old and daughter India is 9.

There’s a reward of up to $25,000 for the right information. People who give information to police about Sellers’ killing can remain anonymous.

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Karl Sellers Jr.’s  mom explains how he got the nickname “Scoop.” “When he was born, he had to stay in the hospital about a month,” Stacey Kelly said of her tiny infant. “Literally, if he was lying on the bed, I could just take my hand and just scoop him right up.”

Police do not believe Sellers was the target of the shooting that took his life Nov. 14, 2016 in a Bladensburg  apartment complex on 57th Avenue. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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Appealing to the public to share information with police about the death of Karl Sellers Jr. are his father, Karl Sellers. Sr.; Sellers’ sister Britney Sellers; mom Stacey Kelly; and cousin Cassandra Spencer. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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Sellers leaves behind two children: Son Rathen just turned 11 years old and daughter India is 9. They are pictured here on the back cover of the memory book created from Sellers’ funeral. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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Kristi King

Kristi King is a veteran reporter who has been working in the WTOP newsroom since 1990. She covers everything from breaking news to consumer concerns and the latest medical developments.

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