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UPDATED: Police Continue to Investigate Fatal Shooting of 21-Year-Old

UPDATED Oct. 16, 5:11 p.m. Homicide detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department continue to investigate the fatal shooting that occurred at a Montgomery Village shopping center on October 15.

Police are now identifying the victim as a transgender female who identified herself as Zella Ziona.

“This is a horrific crime and a tragedy for those who knew Zella,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger. “As with all homicides in Montgomery County, we have detectives working around the clock to thoroughly and completely investigate this murder.”

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding the suspect(s) in this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477).

montgomery county police for slider 855x380UPDATED 1 p.m. Montgomery County police officers are investigating the murder of a 21-year-old that occurred Thursday evening in Montgomery Village. Police have identified the victim as DeAndre Smith.

Police said they received the report of a shooting at 5:49 p.m. in the area behind 18312 Contour Road. According to police, Smith was located by officers in an alley that separates the Montgomery Village Plaza and the Montgomery Village Crossing shopping centers.

Police said Smith died at the hospital.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding the suspect in this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477).

Police Charge Germantown Man with Murder

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Montgomery County police officers have charged 20-year-old Rico Hector Leblond of Germantown with first degree murder. A bond hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday. Leblond is charged  by police with the Oct. 15th death of Zella Ziona, a transgender woman, also known as DeAndre Smith. Police said Ziona was shot multiple times in […]

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UPDATED: Police Continue to Investigate Fatal Shooting of 21-Year-Old

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UPDATED Oct. 16, 5:11 p.m. Homicide detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department continue to investigate the fatal shooting that occurred at a Montgomery Village shopping center on October 15. Police are now identifying the victim as a transgender female who identified herself as Zella Ziona. “This is a horrific crime and a tragedy for […]

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Police Investigate Shooting on Lost Knife Road

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UPDATED 9 p.m. Police are calling the shooting “a death investigation.” UPDATED 6:31 p.m. Montgomery County police officers are on the scene of a shooting in the 9600 block of Lost Knife Road. Police Spokesperson Rick Goodale said the call was reported at 5:49 p.m. today. At the scene, police found a victim with an […]

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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