Baltimore police identify 16-year-old killed on basketball court Tuesday night

Baltimore police have identified a 16-year-old boy killed on a basketball court Tuesday night.

Jordan Deshields was shot around 8:20 p.m. next to Mary E. Rodman Elementary School in the 3600 block of W. Mulberry St. in the Allendale neighborhood, police said.

He was a student at the New Era Academy, a middle/high school in Cherry Hill, according to an assistant principal.

Deshields was the city’s 100th homicide so far this year, and the second teenager claimed by gun violence in the city in less than a week, and the seventh so far this year. By this time last year, 10 teenagers had been killed in Baltimore.

“I can’t believe when I saw a 16-year-old had been killed outside the rec center - it was this kid,” Alli Smith, his fourth-grade teacher, wrote on Twitter. Smith, who works as the director of community engement for Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office, also posted a young picture of Deshields with his head on a school desk writing.

She wrote in the tweet that she still had the picture from when she texted his father, telling him about his “great afternoon at school.”

“My heart just feels so heavy,” she wrote. She declined to comment further Friday.

Jessica Wilson, a 17-year-old senior at New Era, said earlier this week that the teen was “really positive,” even when he was being “open about all the real stuff he went through.”

Wilson recalled how the boy would tell her and their other friends, “Be safe, I love you,” every time they parted ways.

“I felt sad and wanted to cry but just didn’t,” she said. “It happens every day. Murder in Baltimore is something you have to get used to, but that’s not right.”

Police said Wednesday that a gun and drugs were found on his body.

The department on Friday also identified a man killed on Wednesday, in the 1200 block of West North Ave., as 49-year-old Arnold Patterson.

Baltimore Sun reporter Talia Richman contributed to this article.

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