Larry Peterson, a Mid-Town resident who was one of two people shot in a robbery outside his bed and breakfast in August 2012 has died, according to friends. He was 58.
Peterson and artist Alex Ulrich, 40, were sitting outside of Peterson's bed and breakfast next to the Belvedere Hotel on East Chase Street on Aug. 10, 2012 when the shooting occurred. Ulrich died, and Peterson was critically injured.
Jason Curtis, a longtime friend and the president of the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association, was by Peterson's bedside at Johns Hopkins Hospital when he died, around 12:15 a.m.
Police confirmed the death, but said they could not describe a cause because his autopsy is not complete.
"Larry was never out of the woods," Curtis said of Peterson's condition. "He has been fighting this for a year and a half."'
Curtis called Peterson, who friends called the "unofficial mayor of Mount Vernon," a "true believer in Baltimore."
"He brought dozens of new residents to the city who shared his vision and optimism," Curtis said. "The city is quieter without his voice and darker without his light."
Paul Warren, a friend who was also by his bedside, said Peterson had been released from the hospital in December. He threw a big party at his home that month, and helped bring Christmas trees to the neighborhood.
But his prognosis was considerd "guarded," and he later returned to the hospital. In recent days, friends learned his prognosis was grave. "We've been blessed to have this last bit of time with him," Warren said.
Police have charged Quinton Declaro Bass, of Raleigh N.C., in the shooting after he was arrested with a gun weeks later near the Washington Monument. His trial was set to begin May 28.