GERMANTOWN, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Montgomery County Police are searching for suspects after an 18-year-old was killed and three others hurt in a shooting in Germantown Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, the victim was identified as Tray Dawkins, a graduate of Germantown’s Northwest High School.
Family says he loved football and track, and after graduating in 2018, had been working and attending Montgomery Co. Community College.
“To see him walk across that stage and graduate, I mean you just don’t know how that made me feel,” said his mother, Vicki McRoy. “To know that I did something right being a single parent. He was my last child.”
Dawkins was the youngest of five.
“My brother, he didn’t deserve this at all,” said his sister, Denitra McRoy. “There’s so much I want to say, but it’s hard to say these things. Because I’m the oldest out of all my siblings. He was my baby brother and I just wish I had more time with him.”
Police say the shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday on Curry Powder Lane. Dawkins was with three friends when someone started shooting at them. His mom says her son typically plays basketball in that area.
Investigators say they don’t believe this was a random crime, but they also don’t have any suspects.
“The thing I want to understand from the person that did this — why?” asked Vicki. “What was your purpose? Why did you shoot my son?"
The other three young men injured are expected to recover.
Dawkin’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with expenses. They are planning a vigil for Tuesday.
Detectives urge anyone with information regarding the incident or information about the suspect or suspects involved with to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.