MD man arrested for the brutal murder of Gaithersburg Trans woman

Rico Hector Leblond

Rico Hector Leblond

Rico Hector Leblond, 20, of Germantown, Md., was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of 21-year-old Zella Ziona.

The shooting occurred in an alley the separates the Montgomery Village Plaza and Montgomery Village Crossing shopping centers in Gaithersburg Md. Police say the shooting was reported at around 5:49 p.m.

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Zella Ziona


The murder which was partially recorded by CCTV showed a group of people arguing before the shooting Thursday afternoon. Police say Zella Ziona was murdered while en route to lay flowers on her grandmother’s grave in remembrance of the second anniversary of her passing.

According to the police report witnesses said after initially shooting her Leblond walked to her body and fired additional shots into her head and groin area.

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