An 18-year-old Nigerian in the United States, Olamide Olakanye was shot and killed in Maryland Tuesday night.
Olamide was found dead in a car in Prince George’s County.
No suspects are in custody and police are continuing to investigate the deadly shooting that took place in Capitol Heights.
Officers responded to the 5300 block of Sheriff Road around 11:20 p.m. on Jan. 9 for a report of shots fired and a single-car crash.
Police found the victim in the car suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The victim was later identified as 18-year-old Olamide Olakanye of Upper Marlboro.
Further investigation revealed that Olakanye had been shot in the 1200 block of Dunbar Oaks Drive and tried to drive away from the scene before crashing in a wooded area on Sheriff Road.
Detectives are working to determine a motive and identify a suspect(s).
Olamide’s mother, Lily Olakanye, started a GoFundMe to raise cash to cover his funeral expenses.
She wrote: “Olamide, also known as Stephen, a senior of Charles Herbert Flowers High School had a bright future of going to Towson University.
“On January 9th he was shot and killed. Pleae assist to help with funeral for the untimely death of our young GEM,”
The Gofundme for Olamide has so far raised over $11,000 out of a goal of $25,000.
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