UPDATE: Police Still Seeking Suspect in June 30 Fatal Stabbing at Hyattsville's University Town Center

Police are on the scene.

Update, July 1, 9:50 a.m.: Prince George's County Police have no new information on last night's murder at University Town Center, according to Cpl. E. Johnson.

Patch will keep you updated throught the day. If you have something to share about this tragedy, let us know in the comments box below.

Update, July 1, 12:23 a.m.: Sgt. Chris Purvis of the Hyattsville Police Department said police do not yet have a suspect in last night's stabbing.

Hyattsville police are still on the scene with forensics teams combing the area for evidence.

This is the city's first homicide of the year, Purvis said.

Prince George's County Police will handle the investigation into the murder as Hyattsville police do not have a homicide team.

Original Post, June 30, 11:19 p.m.: One person is dead from stab wounds at the University Town Center in Hyattsville, and two others have also been stabbed, Fox 5 is reporting.

Witnesses at the scene said that several groups of teens and young people were in the area. According to Fox 5, several witnesses said that a fight broke out between two groups in the area, involving about 25 to 30 people.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident.

Patch is now at the scene and reports that police from the Hyattsville and Prince George's County police departments are on scene.

Goat July 01, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Where are the security people? Driving around the parking lots?
Adelphi Sky July 01, 2011 at 03:44 PM
People are violent for no good reason. It used to be that you were violent or committed a crime so that you could feed your family. Now kids are just angry from no reason. I really wish there were programs where angry kids could be shipped to third-world countries to see how other teens live in peace and harmony with each other with far less.
Michael B. Cron July 02, 2011 at 12:08 AM
This was over a pair of expensive sneekers. These kids seem to think that life is one big video game. They need to realize that there is no reset button in the real world. I am suprised that it took almost 4 years for this unfortunate act to take place. UTC has been overrun with this type of criminal element. At this rate, I hope the retail shops that are still there will be able to survive the bad press and the stigma of violent crime that calls University Town Center home. I hope someday that this will not be the case. Until that happens, the jury is still out.
Lost A Friend July 02, 2011 at 04:37 PM
my friend Leonard Raynod Smith-Matthews DID NOT die over shoes!! he was not materialistic in any way, shape or form!! he never spent money on expensive clothes and shoes.. he was always satisfied with just a plain ol' white or black tee shirt, and baggy jeans.. Hyattville may be filled with chaos and teenagers with no values and morals, and kids who are lost forever.. but Leon was one of the people who knew who he was, and he was a beautiful soul. He does NOT fit the "statistic" at all, and i think his family and friends would appreciate him being remembered for the person he ACTUALLY was instead of some fool who got in a fight for SHOES. he was a fantastic person, truly one of a kind, and i, along with his family and the rest of his friends, will miss him forever. it is wrong for you and the news to perpetuate this nonsense about shoes. its painfully ridiculous.
Susan Cantorna July 02, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Don't forget that just few years back, 4 men were shot at point-blank range in Manorwood. 2 died, 1 recovered, 1 other recovered, but is left permanently blinded. That case was also turned over to PG police. Still no suspects?? Why not? I am curious as to the percentage of murder cases that Hyattsville turns over to PG police that are actually solved.
Sarah Nemeth July 02, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Hi Diane, My understanding is that the city handles no homicides. They are all handled by Prince George's County Police. I remember those deaths -- I covered them for the Hyattsville Life & Times. So tragic and so sad. There was also a homicide on Gallatin Street a couple years back that remains unsolved.


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