Facebook Marketplace Meetup Turns Into Fatal Encounter

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A Facebook Marketplace meetup went wrong after an 18-year-old high school student was shot and killed in Baltimore.

Marques Harris, who is also 18 years of age, has been charged with first-degree murder and multiple handgun violations.

According to the Baltimore Police Department, Marques Harris fatally shot 18-year-old high school student Carlos Carrazana Ricardo on November 26.

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Ricardo was reportedly found shortly before 8 p.m. on November 26 lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to the head. Harris was then arrested on December 2 -- less than a week later.

"In reference to the homicide that occurred in the Western District on November 26, 2023, detectives have arrested 18-year-old Marques Harris of Baltimore," the Baltimore Police Department shared in a press release on social media. "Investigators learned that Harris fatally shot Carlos Carrazana-Ricardo while in the 2700 block of Harlem Avenue," they added.

The press release continued, "On December 2, 2023, Detectives arrested Marques Harris while in the 2400 block of Hollins Ferry Road. Detectives transported Harris to Central Booking Intake Facility, where he has been charged with 1st-degree murder and multiple handgun violations."

According to his obituary, Carrazana Ricardo "loved football and cars." He is survived by his brother, parents, step brother, and many close friends.

Tragic Event At University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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This news comes just days after a shooting occurred at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- a tragic event that left three UNLV professors dead, and one visiting professor hospitalized.

The 67-year-old suspect, Anthony Polito, is to have sent 22 letters “to various University personnel across the country” with no return address prior to the attack. Polito had applied for a teaching job in 2020 but was not hired, two senior law enforcement officials told NBC News.

It was then reported that Polito published a 16-page document related to the contents of those envelopes that police say he sent to various Universities within the United States.

He allegedly posted a link to the document on December 2, just days before the UNLV shooting occurred, to his own website, called: “!!! CONTENT OF ENVELOPES!!!," in which he shared his “theories” on “various mysteries and puzzles” — one of which included that he had solved the Zodiac killer case.

A specific motive for the UNLV shooting is still under investigation.

President Joe Biden Calls On Capitol Hill For Gun Control

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President Joe Biden recently called on Capitol Hill “to step up” regarding gun control following the UNLV shooting, even demanding Congress “to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, pass national red flag laws … require safe storage, [and] enact universal background checks and other common-sense measures to save lives.”

After the Maine mass shooting, which occurred in October 2023, President Joe Biden stated that Republicans should “fulfill their obligation to keep the American people safe,” but “until that day comes, I will continue to do everything in my power to end this gun violence epidemic.”

Robert Card, the main suspect in the mass shootings that occurred in Lewiston, Maine, was committed to a mental hospital involuntarily just months before the tragic events. It was previously reported that the 40-year-old army veteran stated he was hearing voices, and had allegedly threatened to shoot up the National Guard base in Saco. Reports also stated he was then committed to a mental health facility for two weeks this summer.

Biden, at the time, added, “The Lewiston community – and all Americans – deserve nothing less.”