OXON HILL, Md. - A stabbing at a Prince George’s County apartment complex has left a 14-year-old boy dead and injured another teenager.
Police say they arrested 48-year-old Sean Crawford at the crime scene in Oxon Hill, and he has been charged with first-degree murder as well as attempted first- and second-degree murder.
Officers responded to the 600 block of Audrey Lane at around 7:25 a.m. Monday and found two teenagers suffering from stab wounds. Police believe the victims lived in the apartment where the incident happened.
Police say Crawford was the live-in boyfriend of the teenagers' mother and believe the stabbing stemmed from an argument.
The 14-year-old has been identified by police as Keyshaun Mason. He died from his injuries at the hospital while the other victim, an 18-year-old, was treated and released from the hospital.
Mason was a ninth grader at Potomac High School.
“We had became best friends, and I used to tell him everything, everything,” said friend Chardonay Moore. “That was my best friend, and we grew a big bond.”
Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators went through the apartment inside and out. Neighbors watched and said the crime in this area is not acceptable.
“I’m kind of nervous, you know what I’m saying? We are godly people, you know what I’m saying? We got to live with each other. There’s too much violence. We got to stop the violence,” said neighbor Michael Square.
Mason was best known for his sense of humor, love for football and a contagious charming personality that connected with everyone. When classmate Dashai Hodges heard about his horrific and untimely death, she and countless others were heartbroken.
“The whole room went silent, like everybody's heart dropped and froze for a second because it was Iike déjà vu, we all knew him, he was just here on Friday,” said Hodges.
Mason's story is one of a bright life full of potential that ended far too soon.
“It's just shameful,” said Hodges. “That's somebody's son at the end of the day and he's still a 14-year-old. He hasn't lived the rest of his life like the person who did it. His parents, especially his brother who was there with him the entire year, have to grieve through that.”
However, the arrest has left little comfort to Mason's teammates at Potomac High School.
“I played sports with him, so I knew that he wasn't a mean person,” said Jasen McQueen, a basketball teammate of Mason. “He actually had a good sense of humor that was pretty fun to hang around.”
“It hit me for a minute when you showed me he picture and I'm like, ‘Oh man, he's actually gone,’” said Gregory Jones, one of Mason’s football teammates. “It's more of a sad story more than anything else.”
“He wanted to be a football player,” Hodges said. “That's all he talked about. He got real serious when it came to football and he had a whole bunch of striving for his life.”