Suspect arrested in Forestville triple homicide

- An arrest has been made in connection with the June 24 triple homicide in Forestville.

Lawrence Sylvester Rogers Jr., 24, of Capitol Heights, was charged with fatally shooting 50-year-old Carlina Renee Gray of Orleans Avenue in Forestville, 55-year-old Jan Marie Parks of Dunbar Avenue in Landover and 60-year-old Allen Rowlett of Marion Street in Forestville. Two others were also wounded.

Prince George’s County fire officials said all five adult victims were found shot inside a home in the 3100 block of Orleans Avenue. Three of the victims were found dead at the scene while the two surviving victims were critically injured and taken to a local trauma center. 

Rogers was arrested on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. He is charged with three counts of first- and second-degree murder. He remains in custody awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County, according to officials.

Police said tips from the public helped solve this case. Investigators said there is no known motive for the deadly shooting at this time.

A vigil was held Thursday night as family and friends of the victims said they are thankful the community came forward to help police capture the accused killer.

“I am so glad,” said Rowlett’s cousin, Cookie McCoy. “The family is grateful, very grateful and I know Wayne grateful too.”

Rowlett's family, friends and even people who didn't know him gathered to remember him. The group came together just steps away from the house where the shooting happened.

We are told he had a wide network of friends who he enjoyed riding motorcycles with. Friends said they never imagined this happening to their loved one.

“It’s bizarre to everyone because Wayne was a spiritual guy, a very nice person,” said friend Aaron Colbert. “What we had in common was motorcycles, the Harleys. A very nice guy. A spiritual family man and just a good overall person.”

Police are still trying to connect the dots between Rogers and the five victims – two of them are still recovering from gunshot wounds.

We checked into Rogers’ criminal history and he has only been charged with trespassing prior to this arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimes Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

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