Arrest made in College Park gang-related murder

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Liz Essley

Police made an arrest Friday for a gang-related murder in College Park.

Edwin Morales, 20, of Southeast D.C., was arrested Friday in the District for the murder of 20-year-old David Esequel Avelar.

Prince George's County police found Avelar suffering from a gunshot wound on the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park on Feb. 24; he was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

Police determined Morales shot Avelar during a gang fight outside a hotel on Baltimore Avenue after their groups attended separate parties there.

Morales is charged with first and second degree murder. He is being held in D.C. and awaits extradition to Prince George's County.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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