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Man Killed in Prince George's Had Turned His Life Around After Prison

A 30-year-old man killed in a shooting in Prince George's County was an advocate for returning citizens and once shared the story to News4 of how he turned his own life around after getting out of prison.

Police say someone dropped off Eric Weaver Jr., of Northeast D.C., at Prince George's Hospital Center early Wednesday morning and drove off.

Weaver was suffering from a gunshot wound and died a short time later.

Weaver and his father, Eric Weaver Sr., appeared on News4 for a Father's Day special and spoke with Pat Lawson Muse about their work helping redirect the lives of men released from prison. 

Weaver Sr. went to prison for his involvement in a homicide in Southeast before Weaver Jr. was born.

By the time his father left prison, Weaver Jr. was behind bars for an armed robbery he committed when he was 18. He was later released to find a father who had become a strong advocate and community leader.

The pair had started building their relationship.

"Every day I wake up, I just feel happy," Weaver Jr. said during the segment.

"We have a unique bond so, like, coming home - I can't explain it," he said.

Weaver Sr. told New4 by phone Wednesday that he doesn't know how he's going to get through the loss of his son.

"It's a total shock," Weaver Jr.'s aunt Tina Johnson said.

Johnson said her sister is devastated over the loss of her son.

Police are trying to identify the person who dropped Weaver off at the hospital and determine the location of the shooting.

They are asking anyone with information to call 301-772-4925. Anonymous callers can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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