Buff State Graduate Shot and Killed in Maryland

February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM EDT

White Plains, MD (WKBW) - A teacher with ties to Buffalo is shot and killed in Maryland. 24-Year-old Christopher Hoefert, a high school technology teacher in Waldorf Maryland and graduate of Buffalo State College, was gunned down while at an intersection in White Plains. Charles County Sheriff's Officials say 22-year-old Robert Hector Becker ambushed Hoefert at an intersection Tuesday and shoot him multiple times. Becker then turned the gun on himself.

"Apparently the victim was stopped at a four way intersection and the suspect pulled up alongside him," said Diane Richardson with the Charles County Sheriff's Office. "The suspect got out of his vehicle, approached the victim and fired multiple shots into the victim's car."

Hoefert graduated from Buffalo State College a few years ago and then moved to Maryland. Many faculty members at Buffalo State remember the 24-year-old as as a true leader who had natural talent when it came to technology.

"Chris was the kind of person whose enthusiasm was infectious," said Buffalo State Technology Education Coordinator Clark Green. "Students were always around him and he was motivating students to get active in our organization."

Police say Hoefert and Becker were next door neighbors in La Plata. Charles County Sheriff's Officials would not speculate on a motive for the murder-suicide. According to WTTG-TV in Maryland, court records show Hoefert had been charged recently with stealing a car. Sources told WTTG, his alleged killer was about to be charged with the same crime.