Man Murdered at Lakeforest Mall Remembered As ‘Good Kid Who Became a Good Man’

by MCS Staff

The victim of last Monday’s stabbing at Lakeforest was Jose Alexander Maldonado. A coworker described Maldonado as someone who “stayed out of trouble” and told us the attack appeared to be unprovoked. One of Maldonado’s former teachers remembers him as “a nice young man” who he ran into a few times since teaching him a few years back. “He was a good kid who became a good man and went out of his way to catch up with me every time he saw me.”

His mother, Silvia Maldonado, has started a GoFundMe to raise funds for funeral expenses. According to the fundraiser description, Jose was the only one in the family with an income and helped his mother raise her three children. His brother, Christian Maldonado, tells us his family has been residents of Montgomery County their whole life.

Jose Maldonado, of Gaithersburg, was a T-Mobile employee inside of the mall. His coworker told us the incident began inside of the Metro by T-Mobile, which is located near the mall’s food court. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found Maldonado suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased to the hospital.

From Montgomery County Police:

“Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are currently investigating the February 21 homicide that occurred in the 700 block of Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg.

At approximately 11 a.m., Montgomery County officers from the 6th District and Gaithersburg Police responded to Lakeforest Mall for an assault that just occurred inside of the mall, near the food court. Officers arrived at the scene and located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing dark pants/dark jeans, and a dark winter jacket. The attacker was seen running towards Macy’s shortly after the incident.

Currently, there is no suspect in custody. This is an active and ongoing homicide investigation.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240- 773- 5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the homicide suspect(s). Callers may remain anonymous.”

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