Arrest made in woman's killing in Northwest Baltimore home invasion

Man arrested in woman's killing in Northwest Baltimore home invasion

A 30-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting a woman during a home invasion in Northwest Baltimore earlier this month, Baltimore police said Friday.

Trace Hanse was arrested by warrant apprehension detectives on Thursday and is now jailed at Central Booking on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of 29-year-old Sierra Burley, police said.

Burley was found with gunshot wounds to the chest and neck in a home in the 5600 block of Haddon Ave. in the city's Grove Park neighborhood about 9:15 p.m. Jan. 12, after officers responded to the scene for a reported shooting, police said. She later died at a hospital.

Police also located a 29-year-old man at a Baltimore County hospital who they determined was shot in the back of the head during the same incident, police said.

Detective Chakia Fennoy, a police spokeswoman, said Friday that the man survived his injuries, but she did not know his current medical status.

Fennoy said she also did not know whether Hanse faces charges in the man's shooting. Online court records did not reflect Hanse's arrest in Burley's killing, nor did they list an attorney for him.

Tammy Brown, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office, said a statement of charges outlining what led investigators to arrest Hanse in Burley's killing was not available Friday.

Toni Wyatt, a family friend of Burley's, said the arrest was welcome news to the many people who loved Burley, "just to know that, eventually, justice will be done."

"Nobody deserves to go like that," she said. "That part hurts really bad."

Wyatt said Burley grew up in Woodlawn, and was best friends with Wyatt's younger sister, Latoya Kane. She had remained extremely close to the family over the years — becoming like an aunt to all the young kids, Wyatt said.

"Our kids are still trying to adjust to the situation, because she's always been here since they were born," Wyatt said. "That was Aunt Sierra to them."

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