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‘He always kept a smile on his face’: 21-year-old killed in North Baltimore near family home in broad daylight

Baltimore police officers respond to a homicide along the 4800 block of The Alameda Ave. in North Baltimore on Saturday.
Baltimore police officers respond to a homicide along the 4800 block of The Alameda Ave. in North Baltimore on Saturday. (Phillip Jackson)

Devontaey Curtis was a loving man who knew how to keep the spirits of his family members lifted before his life was violently taken in North Baltimore Saturday afternoon.

Curtis, 21, was one of two men who were killed on Saturday in separate shootings in Baltimore while two others had been injured in shootings the night before.

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His parents, Antoinette Curtis and Rodney Camphor, who were at the scene after the shooting, identified Curtis to The Baltimore Sun. Police did not confirm the victim’s identity early Saturday evening.

Curtis was loved by his family and friends, Antoinette Curtis said. He graduated Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in 2017 and attended Allegany Community College.

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“He always kept a smile on his face and everyone else around him when he was cracking jokes, dancing or being silly,” she said.

Curtis was killed near a home on Richnor Avenue and The Alameda in North Baltimore.

Baltimore police responded to the shooting around 3:17 p.m. Saturday where they found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds. The man was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to police.

Family members identified the man fatally shot as Devontaey Curtis, 21, who was killed near a home on Saturday in broad daylight.
Family members identified the man fatally shot as Devontaey Curtis, 21, who was killed near a home on Saturday in broad daylight. (Family photo)

Homicide detectives were summoned to the scene. Residents of the neighborhood stood along crime scene tape placed by police blocking of the 4800 block of The Alameda.

Members of the forensics unit counted shell casings near the home’s doorstep.

Early Saturday morning, another man was pronounced dead after he was shot in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood, according to Baltimore police.

Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Cecil Ave. around 12:44 a.m. to investigate a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead by medical personnel, police said.

Homicide detectives were summoned to the scene and assumed control over the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 410-396-2100.

Two other men were injured in shootings Friday night.

Around 9:15 p.m. officers observed gunfire coming from a vehicle in the 500 block of North Lakewood Ave. in the McElderry Park neighborhood in East Baltimore. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.

The man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, police said.

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Southeast District Action Team officers gave the police helicopter a description of the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was stopped by police and suspects were taken into custody.

Earlier Friday night, a man was shot in the shoulder in the 500 block of Baker St. in West Baltimore.

Police arrived at the scene around 7:37 p.m. The man was taken to an area hospital.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Central District detectives at 410-396-2411.

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