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Two young men killed in Pr. George’s

Prince George’s County police said a teenager and a young man were fatally shot in the same area Monday night and detectives are investigating whether the slayings are linked.

Christopher Donald Smith, 16, a student at Flowers High School, was found fatally shot about 10:45 p.m. by a passerby in the 5300-block of 85th Street in New Carrollton, police said. Smith was laying near the woods at the edge of a pond.

As the ambulance that responded left the scene around 11:30 p.m., police said, the emergency crew inside came upon another victim less than a mile away in West Lanham Hills. Alfonso Edward Thompson Jr., 23, had been shot, apparently while riding a bicycle, police said.

Prince George’s County Police Spokeswoman Julie Parker said authorities have not determined a suspect or motive in the killings. She said detectives are exploring whether there is a connection between the slayings because of the proximity in time and distance.

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