COTTAGE CITY, Md. (WJLA) -- Responding to a call reporting an unconscious man lying on the Anacostia River Trail in Cottage City early Saturday morning, police found a man's body.
Police later identified the man as 20-year-old Everett Robert Brown of Brentwood.
He had gunshot wounds in the upper body, police say.
The trail is frequented by numerous runners, bicyclists, and dog-walkers. Crime scene tape is still attached to a pair of trees at the trail's entrance.
As homicide detectives and officers canvassed the quiet Cottage City neighborhood just a short distance from the trail, neighbors expressed surprise about the shooting.
"I'm shocked when I heard about it," says neighbor Elizabeth Redifer, who's lived in the area for 18 years. "I've never heard about anything like that since I've lived here."
"I don't know what happened," says Sheila Butler, Brown's mother. "Somebody called him Friday night and he went out."
It was the last time anyone in the family would see Brown alive.
The family admits Brown had had problems.
He recently was released from jail, after serving time for burglary. But, they say, he was starting over.
He got a job as an electrician, they said, staying at home, trying to stay off the streets.
"Going to work everyday, just doing the right thing, trying to stay out of trouble," Angela Brown recalls.
Family members and neighbors hope police will catch the killer or killers soon, hoping an arrest will reveal the reasons for such a violent act.
"Whoever did it, I'm praying you do get caught, and it doesn't happen to anybody else's child," Sheila Butler said softly, outside her home.
The Prince George's County Police and Maryland-National Capital Park Police departments are jointly investigating.
They are working to determine how he died, as well as any possible suspects and what the motive might have been.
Anyone with information about this case 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 Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://pgcrimesolvers.com/ and submit a tip online.