A Family And Community Mourn The Loss Of 14-Year-Old Xavier Cole Young Shot And Killed In 'Drug Deal' Gone Bad

A Family And Community Mourn The Loss Of 14-Year-Old Xavier Cole Young Shot And Killed In 'Drug Deal' Gone Bad

Luis Gerardo Ordonez and another suspect have been arrested.

Published November 3, 2017

A 14-year-old in Laurel, Maryland, was shot and killed over the weekend during what police believe was a botched drug deal.

Howard County police arrested two other teens involved in the incident and expect them to be charged with murder as adults, reported the Baltimore Sun.

Xavier Cole Young, 14, was shot Saturday evening and Howard County police arrived at the scene after 11 p.m. When they approached the scene, they found Young suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died Monday, according to police.

Police said they have arrested Luis Gerardo Ordonez, 19, and an unidentified 16-year-old. Police expect charges of murder, assault, reckless endangerment and firearms violations to be given to both suspected.

Police said they believe Young, Ordonez, the other teen and a few other teens were organizing a drug deal. However, when they met, an altercation resulted in shots being fired from a car window. The suspects fled in a black sedan, police said.

Ordonez and the 16-year-old were located by police on Harvest View Court in Ellicott City on Monday morning in a black Nissan Altima, which matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Police said officers found a handgun inside the car.

Both are being held at the Howard County Detention Center on no bond. No additional information on the case was immediately available in online records.

14 y/o Xavier Young A teenager died and two other teens were arrested after a drug-related shooting in Laurel, Maryland, over the weekend. Howard County police were called to the 9000 block of North Laurel Road at 11 p.m. Saturday night and found Xavier Cole Young, 14, of Odenton, Maryland, wounded. Young was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he died on Monday. “investigators began looking for information about who may be responsible for this shooting and quickly learned that this appeared to be a drug deal gone bad,” said Howard County Police Department Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. Investigators said they believe Young and his accused killers Luis Gerardo Ordonez, 19, and Francisco J. Rodriguez, 16, both of Laurel, knew each other, and agreed to meet for a drug deal on North Laurel Road. Two groups of people showed up to the meeting location and at some point police believe an altercation between the Young, Ordonez and Rodriguez ended in gunfire. “A shot was fired from the suspect’s car, striking the victim,” Llewellyn said. The suspects are then accused of fleeing the area in a black sedan, according to police. Llewellyn said multiple people were at the scene of the shooting, which allowed investigators to get information in the case. On Monday, more than a day after the search for the suspects began, a car matching the description of the one the suspects left in was spotted on Harvest View Court in Ellicott City. “The suspects were found together, they were in a vehicle and they happened to be in the Ellicott City area when we initiated the traffic stop,” Llewellyn said. Both Ordonez and Rodriguez were arrested and charged with attempted murder. Now that Young has died, those charges are expected to be elevated to murder. Rodriguez is being charged as an adult. Both suspects are being held at the Howard County Detention Center

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NOVEMBER 3, 2020