Jayvon Ghim, 21, grew up in Northeast Baltimore and was trying to get back on his feet after some poor decisions in his teens got him locked up for four years, his family said. While he was away, his younger cousin, 16-year-old Milton Carrington, was fatally shot during a quadruple shooting in East Baltimore in 2019.
Tamika Walker, Carrington’s mother and Ghim’s cousin, said the family hoped Jayvon would be able to avoid the dangers of the street and not meet the same fate. They hoped he would learn from his past and stay safe.
But late last month Ghim was shot to death in West Baltimore’s Penn North neighborhood near a gas station. It was a rough area the family said it hoped he would avoid.
Although Walker was Ghim’s cousin, she said he looked at her like an aunt.
“He was really big on family. He loved his mother to pieces. It was always him and her,” said Walker, adding that Ghim’s mother had been too distraught to speak publicly about her son’s death.
Growing up, Ghim spent a lot of time with his younger cousins, playing games and watching television at home or heading outside to play basketball at nearby courts.
The family has seen its share of difficulties. Ghim was charged in April 2017 with armed robbery, theft and assault. He was later convicted and sentenced to prison.
Walker was shot in the chest during the shooting that killed Carrington, her son, who also was known as “Little Milton.” Two boys, ages 14- and 15-years-old, also were shot in the attack.
And Ghim’s grandmother died of COVID-19 in December.
Carrington’s death tore at the heart of the family, his mother said. Now, the family said Ghim’s violent death is a reminder of the city’s gun violence and the ease with which teenagers and young adults can become victims.
Walker said the pandemic still is affecting city residents. People who have lost jobs, she said, are looking for opportunities to make money and trying to stay afloat.
“People don’t care about your family, they care about themselves and their family,” Walker said.
According to police, Ghim was shot June 27 in the 2200 block of McCulloh Street near a gas station and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The killing is still unsolved, according to police.
Baltimore has recorded 192 homicides this year, 10 more than a year ago at this time. An additional 381 people have been shot but survived, police said, an increase of about 10% from last summer.
A total of 33 people between the ages of 18 to 25 have been killed in Baltimore this year.