Terry Junior Davis was a registered nurse with a good sense of humor and strong work ethic. He seemed to always be in his scrubs and on his way to work, said a neighbor, Dietrich Fitts.
Davis lived with his mother and stepfather in a yellow, two-story house he owned along The Alameda in Northeast Baltimore, Fitts said.
Neighbors said Davis appeared to live a quiet life surrounded by a close-knit circle of family members.
Fitts was shocked to come home Tuesday morning to the sight of police cars. A gurney was being rolled out of the house after police said Davis, 48, was found dead at 7:19 a.m. inside his home suffering from apparent trauma to his head.
Fitts thought the gurney might be for a medical emergency, not for a homicide.
"He's a good person," Fitts said. "I can't imagine why someone would want to do this."
Property records show that Davis had owned the home, located in the 3900 block of The Alameda, since 2002. He has no criminal record in Maryland, court records show.
"We're all shocked by the situation," Fitts said. "I would not imagine him in a crime at all."
Several cars lined the road and driveway in front of Davis' home Wednesday, and a woman there declined to comment. Homicide detectives continue to search for suspects, and a family member later indicated through Fitts that they didn't want to talk publicly and potentially affect the investigation.
A total of 33 people have been killed in Baltimore this year, 50 percent more than the 22 killed at this time last year. On Wednesday, police also released the identities of two other recent homicide victims.
Norvin Darrell Jones, 26, of the 600 block of McKewin Ave., was killed in the 500 block of E. 35th St. on Tuesday night. Donnell Saunders, 25, was killed in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., where police said he lived.
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