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Marckel Ross murder: Travon Bennett arrested in Central High student's murder

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All Elizabeth Ross has of her son, Marckel Ross, is 18 years of joyful memories in a big display cabinet in her living room.

Travon Bennett is accused of killing Marckel Ross. (Photo: PGPD)

"I said Marckel was my little angel, and I know he's gone above," Elizabeth said. "...that's why I have my little things in there."

There are flags from his funeral, a name sculpture he made himself and a digital picture frame filled with smiles.

Marckel was killed on Sept. 11 in the 6100 block of Central Avenue while walking to school. His murder baffled the community and led fellow students and others to hold vigils for the slain teen.

Monday, Prince George's County police announced a 20-year-old Charles County man had been arrested and accused with the teen's death.

Police say Travon Bennett, a Bryans Road resident, was arrested last fall for a street robbery. The gun used in the robbery matched the one used to kill Marckel. Investigators said Monday they finally had enough evidence to charge Bennett with the murder of Marckel during a botched robbery.

"The message here is no matter how long it takes us we will find you, we will bring you to justice and we will hold you accountable," Police Chief Mark Magaw said.

Authorities believe Bennett is also responsible for a rash of muggings, as well as a shooting last May.

Magaw says the streets are safer tonight, but there's no less sadness in Elizabeth's home.

"No, this doesn't give you closure. This probably give you some sort of sense of relief...it doesn't give you closure, because everyone wants their kids to be alive," she explained. 

Marckel was one of six teens in Prince George's County killed this school year.

In August, Amber Stanley, a 17-year-old honors student at Flowers High School, was killed during an apparent home invasion in Kettering.

On Dec. 5, Eliezer B. Reyes,14, was gunned down as he stood in the 2200 block of Sheridan Street in Lewisdale. Officials were looking into the possibility that the shooting was gang related. Two men were arrested in connection with Reyes' death.

Sixteen-year-old Marcus Jones was fatally shot as he left a birthday party in Fort Washington on Jan. 19. Akil Darnell Ings, 17, and Kquantae Markies Fisher, 19, are accused in Jones' death. Police are searching for a third suspect.

More recently, on Feb. 18, Charles Walker Jr. was shot and killed in the 4000 block of 28th Avenue. The next day, two more teens, Andre Shuford of Forestville and Aaron Kidd, were killed in the 3700 block of Donnell Drive.

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