Md. teen fatally shot weeks before graduation

A District Heights, Maryland high school senior was just weeks away from graduating, but police are now looking for his killer.

Prince George’s County Police said officers found Kendall Batson, 18, suffering from gunshot wounds in a parking lot at North Forestville Elementary School on Ritchie Road in Forestville, Maryland at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.

Batson was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

In a letter home to families, Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School Principal Taryn Washington wrote, “With a heavy heart I regret to inform you of the passing of one of our students.”

Police confirm that in March of this year, the District Heights native was behind the wheel and speeding when he clipped a landscaping truck, and his passenger, 18-year-old Cayliy Haygood was killed. She also attended Wise High School.

The school provided student support in light of Batson’s killing on Friday and offered parents and guardians suggestions on how to speak to their teen about the loss including spending individual time with their child, encouraging them to share their feelings, and being open to listening to them in how they are processing their grief.

Police are offering a $25,000 dollar reward for information that leads to an indictment in his killing. They are investigating what motive may have led someone to shoot the teen. Anyone with information is asked to call 301-516-2512.

Below is a map of where the shooting took place:

Tadiwos Abedje

Tadi Abedje is a freelance digital writer/editor for WTOP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. Journalism has been his No. 1 passion since he was a kid and he is blessed to be around people, telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

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