Teen killed in Wal­dorf shoot­ing

Sus­pect ar­rested, charged with mur­der

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice say a Wal­dorf teen was fa­tally shot Wed­nes­day night in the park­ing lot be­hind the St. Charles Towne Cen­ter movie theater, and a sus­pect was ar­rested short- ly af­ter.

Reuel Hicks, 18, was shot once in his up­per body and flown to a hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing au­thor­i­ties. He later died from his in­juries.

Charged with first-de­gree mur­der, Dea­van Quin­del Jef­fer­son, 19, of Bal­ti­more re­mains in po­lice cus­tody.

Around 8 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the 11000 block of Mall Cir­cle Drive for a re­ported shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Upon ar­rival, they found Hicks suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound. Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Hicks and the sus­pect ap­peared to be mak­ing a drug trans­ac­tion, a small amount of mar­i­juana,

ly pulled out a gun and shot Hicks for un­known rea­sons, based on re­cov­ered ev­i­dence and wit­nesses. Jef­fer­son was ap­pre­hended soon af­ter as of­fi­cers searched the area.

This is the sixth homi­cide this year in Charles County.

Hicks, a se­nior at West­lake High School, will be dearly missed by his fel­low stu­dents and staff, many who heard about the news this morning or late last night, school of­fi­cials say.

“Every­one is sad. West- lake is a fam­ily com­mu­nity and we’re all very sup­port­ive of each other, and you can def­i­nitely feel the loss to­day,” said Dana Fen­wick, an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at West­lake High School. “Ev­ery­body is in shock.”

Hicks, she said, was a well-liked stu­dent with a bright fu­ture who worked two jobs out­side of school, and was look­ing for­ward to start­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship af­ter grad­u­at­ing.

“I’ve worked with Reuel. I’ve known him for the last four years,” Fen­wick con­tin­ued. “He was funny, every­one knew his smile. He was al­ways around, very pop­u­lar, well-liked by all stu­dents and staff. Ev­ery­body knew Reuel.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CHARLES COUNTY PUB­LIC SCHOOLS

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