“Camarin was a very popular student who had an innate ability to make people laugh,” Hicks wrote.
Alderman DaJuan Gay, D-Ward 6, said he taught Camarin five or six years ago at the Bates Boys and Girls Club. Gay was a junior staff employee while still a student at Annapolis High School.
“He was always energetic. He was a leader,” Gay said. “He was the type of kid you’d talk to, and he’d quiet the crew down.”
Acting Mayor Rhonda Pindell Charles, an Alderwoman representing Ward 3, said at a news conference in the Annapolis Gardens community that Camarin’s death shocked the city’s elected leaders.
“At the age of 14, he was about to embark on the prime of his life,” Pindell Charles said.
She said the city was working feverishly to solve the homicide, a message echoed by Jackson.
Standing beside a playground near where he said Camarin was gunned down, Jackson briefed the community and members of the media about the “brazen” killing. He said his agency had already reached out to federal and state law enforcement partners.
“This wasn’t a random act,” Jackson said.
Capt. Mark Seidel, who leads the criminal investigations unit, said police haven’t yet retrieved footage from cameras in the community — there were at least two near where Camarin was killed. It’s possible the cameras weren’t functioning, he said, though detectives still have to search the hard drives.
Officers responded around 10:30 p.m. to the 1800 block of Bowman Court after somebody called 911 about a shooting, police said.
At the scene, officers found Camarin lying in the street with gunshot wounds, said Cpl. Dave Stokes, Annapolis police spokesman. Camarin was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Simms said she spoke to Camarin on the phone shortly before he was shot. He told her he was waiting for a friend to take him to Taco Bell, one of two fast-food places he loved.
“This is a really nice community,” said Pindell Charles, whose ward includes the subsidized housing community. “This is very unusual.”
The 14-year-old’s killing marks the fifth homicide in Annapolis this year, with about five months remaining in the year. Last year, police said there were four homicides.
Jackson said Camarin was among the youngest victims of deadly gun violence in city history. Elijah Mehki Wilson, 16, was gunned down last year. Police have not yet made an arrest.
Camarin’s killing followed a triple shooting on Forest Drive early Sunday morning. Police said the incident required one person airlifted to a hospital while two others made their way to hospitals with gunshot wounds.
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Jackson said there’s no indication that Camarin’s killing was connected to the shooting or any of the four other homicides in the city. Two men were arrested for the fatal shooting in March of 49-year-old Leslie Saunders, which police described as a paid hit. The rest of the homicides haven’t been solved.
The police department encourages anyone with information about Camarin’s death or the triple shooting to contact detectives at 410-260-3439 or, if the caller wishes to remain anonymous, dial Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Despite schools being closed, school counselors and others are available to speak with students who need to talk about Camarin’s death. Hicks instructed anyone in the school community to email her at email@example.com.
State Del. Shaneka Henson and Sen. Sarah Elfreth, both Annapolis Democrats and whose districts encompass the community, said they would have to reflect on how they could’ve prevented such a tragedy.
“14 is too young to die,” Henson said. “It should not have happened in our city. It should not have happened on our watch.”