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Prince George’s County police investigate man’s death in Langley Park

Prince George’s County police have identified the man who was found dead in Langley Park on Wednesday morning as 32-year-old Miguel Angel Barrillas.

Police found Barrillas laying in the street near the 8100 block of 15th Avenue, after someone reported “a cutting,” authorities said. Barillas, who suffered from trauma to the body, was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

Homicide detectives returned to the neighborhood Wednesday evening to canvass for information that would help them establish a suspect and motive.

“This is a senseless crime that we need the help of the community to solve,” said Capt. David Lloyd, an assistant commander in the police district that covers Langley Park. Lloyd spoke on the steps of Casa de Maryland, yards away from where Barillas’s body was found.

Officials with Casa de Maryland held a vigil in Barillas’s honor Wednesday evening and called for peace in the community.

“We are going to keep fighting for justice, we are going to keep fighting for dignity, and we are going to keep fighting against these horrendous crimes,” said Gustavo Torres, Casa’s executive director.

In May, a 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the woods nearby.

Torres said he remembered seeing Barillas’s on the steps of the Casa de Maryland building, where he would use the free wi-fi each morning to check for emails from his family.

Barilla was an immigrant from Guatemala and had a wife and two children, said Torres, who spoke on behalf of Barillas’s family.

“He was husband and a beloved father to his family and Guatemala,” Torres said. “Miguel Angel came to the United States because he wanted to provide for his family.”

Prince Georges County police are offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Anyone with information is urged to call 301-772-4925, or to remain anonymous, 1-866-411-TIPS.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.



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