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Tow truck driver found slain in Oxon Hill

A 43-year-old tow truck driver was found shot to death on a roadway in Oxon Hill late Tuesday night, according to police and the man’s wife.

Anton DeMichael Agurs, 43, was found about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bald Eagle Road and Oxon Hill Farm Road, after officers were called to investigate a man lying unconscious in the roadway, authorities said.

He was suffering from “some sort of trauma,” and police are treating his death as a homicide, said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a Prince George’s County police spokesman.

Alethea Agurs, 41, Anton Agurs’s wife, said investigators told her that her husband had been shot to death, but she knew no other details about the killing. She said she last talked to Anton Agurs at dinner Tuesday evening, and he left their Capitol Heights home after someone apparently called him about a towing job.

Anton Agurs, she said, was a self-employed tow truck driver who had started his own company, Sanctified Towing.

Alethea Agurs said as far as she knew, her husband did not have any ongoing disputes with anyone.

“He didn’t mention anything about anything,” Alethea Agurs said. “He normally tells me about his days, his jobs, things of that nature.”

Alethea Agurs said she and her husband had two children, a 13-year-old-daughter and a 14-month-old son, and the family attended Zion Baptist Church of Eastland Gardens in the District. In his spare time, Anton Agurs enjoyed having family members over for cookouts, his wife said.

“He was just a good man, very nice, kindhearted, a provider, a loving father,” Alethea Agurs said. “If anyone has any information, just if they could please come forward to solve this crime and just give us some sort of peace.”

Rodriguez said investigators are still searching for suspects and a motive in the case. Those with information are asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925.

This post has been updated.

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