Pgcps student Dies After Shooting in Largo, Md.

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Joseph Titus Ayobami Abariko

LARGO, Md.

An 18-year-old Prince George’s county public schools (pgcps) student was fatally shot in Largo, Md. Friday night.

Joseph Titus Ayobami Abariko died after he was found with a gunshot wound to the upper body, police said. Officers responded about 11:35 p.m. Friday to a report of a shooting on the 11500 block of Bennington Drive. Abariko, of Riverdale, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Abariko was at a home on Bennington Drive to attend a party and that it appears the shooting may be connected to a fight that broke out outside the home.

Abariko, who was a student at Parkdale High School, loved playing drums and making go-go beats, said classmate Janesha Whittaker, 17.

“One day, he saw me upset in the hallway, and he made it his business to make me laugh,” she said. “He was always smiling.”

Police said detectives do not believe the shooting was a random act and that they are working to identify a motive and a possible suspect or suspects in the case, according to officials.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call 1-866-411-TIPS or text PGPD plus a message to CRIMES. Tips can also be submitted only at http://www.pgpolice.org. A cash reward is offered for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment of the shooter as identified above.

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