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Annapolis police arrest 17-year-old from D.C. in connection with September killing of Annapolis teen

Annapolis police arrested a 17-year-old from Washington, D.C., on Monday and charged him with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Christian Parada, a 17-year-old from Annapolis found dead in his apartment Sept. 10.

Police charged the teen as an adult with first and second-degree murder. The suspect is being held without bond at a Jennifer Road Detention Center where he was awaiting trial on unrelated juvenile charges. The charges were not in online court records Tuesday.

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Officers responded around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 to an apartment on the 400 block of Captains Circle and found Parada suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene. Police did not give a motive for the shooting.

“They were known to each other. Whatever happened went terrible wrong and he made the decision to kill him,” said Police Chief Ed Jackson.

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Parada is one of five homicide victims in the city in 2021. Arrests have been made it all five cases.

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On Tuesday, Jackson praised his detectives for their vigilance during a trying year.

“I made a commitment to the citizens that we would go after these offenders with everything that we had,” Jackson said. “And the detectives lived up to that. I would like to thank them for their hard work and assure the citizens of Annapolis that we are going to take it further into 2022 to provide the best possible safety that we can deploy.”

Annapolis police arrested two Annapolis men in November and charged them with the murder of Cornell Young, a 23-year-old fatally shot in broad daylight Oct. 14 on Pleasant Street. Kenon Jamal Jackson Jr., 21, of Annapolis, and Shammond Vonzell Taylor, 23, of Annapolis, were charged with first-degree murder in the killing.

Young was shot in the same parking lot where a man stood June 29 and fired a gun. A stray bullet from that gun killed 57-year-old Michelle Cummings, the mother of a Naval Academy midshipman, who was sitting on the patio of the Graduate Hotel when she was struck. Police arrested Angelo Harrod, 30, of Annapolis, hours after the shooting.

Police arrested 39-year-old Zachary Murphy of Annapolis June 24 and charged him with the murder of Erica Bonora, who was found dead with “trauma to her upper body” June 19 in an apartment on Spa Road. Israel Thompson, 18, was arrested May 18 following a dirt bike chase from Baltimore City to Glen Burnie. Police charged Thompson with first-degree murder for the death of Marc Terrell Hill Jr., who was shot multiple times April 3.

“Each of the five murders that happened last year, we now have people in custody for,” Mayor Gavin Buckley said Tuesday. “That wasn’t happening before Jackson. That was the biggest complaint in the community. Why would we help you when you never catch anyone? Well, Jackson’s catching people.”

Capital reporter Brooks DuBose contributed to this article.


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