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Hillcrest Heights man fatally shot following party in hotel parking lot

Prince George’s County police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Lanham man who officers say was shot in a gang-related incident following a hotel party Sunday morning.

At around 4 a.m. police were called to the 9100 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park for the report of a shooting. There they found David Esequel Avelar, of the 6600 block of 94th Ave., suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Avelar was transported to a nearby hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that Avelar’s death was gang related. Avelar had attended a party at a hotel on Baltimore Avenue and a fight had broken out in the parking lot between the group Avelar was with and another group of individuals who were attending a different party at the same hotel. Avelar was shot during the fight, police said.

Individuals with information regarding the shooting are asked to contact Prince George’s homicide unit at 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

This report has been updated.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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