Washington Post – March and candlelight vigil in Langley Park on Monday night to honor stabbing victim

Posted May 19, 2014 /

By Monday, May 19, 11:12 AM 

Residents will march through the streets of Langley Park, Md., Monday night to honor a 19-year-old who died in their community by suspected gang violence.

As community members light candles and pray for Akinleye Osafa Warner, they also want to send a message that violence in their community is not welcome, said María José Sandoval, a spokeswoman with CASA de Maryland, one of he groups organizing the event.

“This is where their kids play,” Sandoval said of the residents pushing for the march. “This is where their families always gather. It’s sad to watch them see these things happening.”
Warner was found fatally stabbed in a remote part of the trail a few weeks ago. Police think Warner was with three acquaintances, including one who was in the park for a possible drug sale, and was assaulted shortly after. Warner was not believed to be directly involved with the alleged drug sale, police said.

Last week, police arrested one former and two current Buck Lodge Middle School students in connection with Warner’s death. Nelson Rivera-Anaya, 15; Angel Contreras, 14; and a 13-year-old face first-degree murder charges and may be associated with MS-13, police say. Officials did not release the name of the 13-year-old, who by law cannot be charged as an adult.

The march is from 7 to 9 p.m., starting at CASA de Maryland, 8151 15th Ave., Langley Park and continuing to the Northwest Branch Trail, where Warner died. The Prince George’s Branch of the NAACP, county officials, a local church and other community organizations are also expected to participate in the march.