MOUNT RAINIER, Md. -- Police in Prince George’s County are investigating a homicide after 25-year-old German Garcia-Paredes was found dead on the sidewalk in the 3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier, near the Brentwood Library.
Friends of Garcia-Paredes say he was a good guy, who was well-known in the community.
“Sweet dude, nice dude, genuine… hard worker too… He was a family type of guy.”, said a friend named Max.
Another friend who did not want to be identified said he found Garcia-Paredes, slumped over on the ground.
He said, “I walked up to him and he was face down, about 6:00 in the morning. I looked at him and he wasn’t breathing and my friend was kicking him ‘get up, get up, get up’ and he didn’t get up, and he ran down on his bike and called the paramedics.”
Different neighbors and business owners in the area believe Garcia-Paredes was killed in the parking lot across the street from where his body was actually found, though police will not confirm or deny those claims at this time.
According to those who knew him, Garcia-Paredes had been in the area for years, but was originally from Honduras.
He leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, and worked in construction, according to his roommate.
Max said, “He was close to everybody, everybody out here knows him, you know, everybody out here knows him. it’s a big loss, he was a good friend.”
There is surveillance video from across the street from where Garcia-Paredes was found, showing about five people heading in the direction where his body was discovered, just after 3:30 am Saturday, however, police have not said whether they are persons of interest at this time.
Police have said that this incident does not appear to be gang related.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
You can call police or PG Crimesolvers at 1-866-411-TIPS to leave an anonymous tip.