A former football player at a Prince George’s County high school was fatally shot Monday night in New Carrollton, the county police said.
They said Desmond Burns, 24, was found shot in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue. He lived on on 85th Avenue, the police said. police said. When police arrived at the scene, they found Burns on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to the body. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police were sent about 7:45 p.m. Monday to 85th Avenue after a shooting was reported there. Burns was found outdooors, they said. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later, the county police said.
In a brief statement on Tuesday the county police have offered a $25,000 reward to help find his killer, Burns’ co-workers are trying to come together to raise money to help his family pay for funeral costs.
Burns worked for years as head chef and trainer at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Alexandria and he also previously worked at their Fairfax location. He had been an award-winning football player at DuVal High School in Lanham.
Burns’ manager Travis Larkins said his staff is crushed after learning of Burns’ death.
“He smiled all the time, kept to himself, but he was a fun dude and loved his music, loved to hang out with the staff,” said Larkins. “He was just a great guy, and came to work with the right attitude and did a great job. I’m going to miss him.”
Many people who worked with Burns were too upset to come to work on Tuesday.
Buffalo Wild Wings is in the process of putting together a fundraiser for his family and collections will take place at all of their area restaurants this weekend. A GoFundMe page is also in the works.
Anyone with information is asked to call Prince George’s County Police’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or on the “P3 Tips” mobile app.