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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Five murders two days; Press and broadcast media generally indifferent

As of this posting (7:05 am, September 3, 2005), only the Post has bothered to post an online report of most of these murders, and the Post has only identified one of the five victims. There is a press release for that one murder of the five on the Police Department's website, but not for any of the others. None of the five murders appear to have been reported on the websites of the Examiner, Gazette, Times, WTOP, or any of the local television stations.

In my opinion, Prince George's County is not at all well served by these "news" services.

Five Fatally Shot in Two Days in Pr. George's

Saturday, September 3, 2005; Page B03

Five people were fatally shot in Prince George's County in the last two days -- four of them within a few hours yesterday. Four of the killings occurred during daylight hours, and two were near police headquarters.

The most recent shooting occurred about 10 p.m. last night in the 1500 block of Ray Road in the Hyattsville area. No information was available about the victim.

About five hours earlier, two men were killed within about 10 minutes. One was shot at 5 p.m. in the 1700 block of Kenilworth Avenue, near the District line, and the other about 5:10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Ray Leonard Road.

About 3:15 p.m., a man was killed in the 1500 block of Village Green Drive. That address and the Ray Leonard Road address are within a mile of county police headquarters in Palmer Park.

On Thursday, Charmaine L. Edwards, 21, of the 200 block of I Street SW, was found fatally shot in a car on Keystone Manor Drive in the Morningside area.

In addition, police said they were investigating the death of a man found about 7 p.m. yesterday in a creek in Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park in the Hyattsvile area. An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death, authorities said.

1 comment:

  1. I assume that the near weekend time frame and the blanket Hurricane Katrina coverage simply swamped the local media. This many murders in such a close time frame should have received more coverage in any event though.