Mentally disabled man's killer sought

The Baltimore Sun

On Feb. 4, someone identifying himself as an employee of the ARC of Baltimore showed up at a Pikesville group home to pick up Lemuel Wallace, a legally blind and mentally disabled 37-year-old. Hours later, Wallace was found in a bathroom stall at Gwynns Falls Park, fatally shot multiple times in the head.

Yesterday, city homicide detectives visited Wallace's neighborhood in Pikesville, going door-to-door and visiting a local convenience store in an attempt to stimulate tips in a case that has generated few answers.

"Really, we're baffled by what the motive would be," said homicide Detective Robert Ross. "We're hoping to generate leads and need people to step forward."

Wallace lived in a group home in the 4500 block of Maryknoll Road that is associated with the ARC, which provides resources for people with developmental disabilities. Stephen Morgan, the group's executive director, said Wallace had received assistance from the ARC for about 10 years and worked through an employment program as a janitor.

He had no criminal record and was well-regarded by staff members.

More independent than many of his peers, he often went on walks and left the home to run errands or visit with family, with whom he was in contact several times a day.

"For him to leave the community without staff supervision was not at all uncommon," Morgan said.

But police say he was also planning to relocate soon to a different group home in Northeast Baltimore.

That the man who picked him up claimed to be from the ARC and knew of Wallace's plans suggests that he was close to his victim, police said.

Ross described the suspect as a clean-cut black male in his late 20s to early 30s, driving a silver-colored vehicle.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 410-396-2100.

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