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‘It is such a precious life to take’: 20-year-old woman killed in violent triple stabbing in Baltimore

Kaylah Wade, 20, of Columbia, was one of two women who were stabbed on Aug. 30 in the Harlem Park neighborhood in Baltimore. Wade did not survive her injuries.
Kaylah Wade, 20, of Columbia, was one of two women who were stabbed on Aug. 30 in the Harlem Park neighborhood in Baltimore. Wade did not survive her injuries. (Family photo)

Before Kaylah Wade and two other women were stabbed recently in North Baltimore, the quiet and family-oriented young woman has started her transition to adulthood.

Wade, who was killed in the attack, briefly attended Western High School and then went on to graduate from the Achievement Academy in 2018, according to her aunt, Alisha Morgan. After that, she started her own hair business with a friend while also working in food services at Sinai Hospital, Morgan said.

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On Aug. 30, the night of the incident, Baltimore police said they were called to the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave. in the Harwood neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. for an assault.

When officers arrived, they found three women suffering from stab wounds. The women, who police believe were stabbed on the nearby 400 block of E. 27th St., were taken to an area hospital. The other two survived their injuries but Wade was pronounced dead by medics, according to police.

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On Friday, Baltimore police identified Wade as the fatal victim in the stabbing incident. Police have not provided any details about a possible motive or a suspect.

So far this year, 31 women have been slain in the city — just seven shy of the total for all of last year. Seven of those victims are between the ages of 18 to 25, according to Baltimore Sun homicide data.

Morgan remembered Wade, 20, being brought up in a church at a young age and described her as “driven and hard working.” Morgan said Wade went by the name “Princess K” and her smile would illuminate the room.

Wade’s family, originally from Baltimore City, moved to Columbia about seven years ago. Wade lived with relatives while attending school in the city.

“It is such a precious life to take and she wouldn’t hurt anybody,” Morgan said. “It’s always the innocent ones. This right here, this is something different, and I am not just saying that because she is my niece.”

Wade’s killing comes during a up-and-down summer of violence in Baltimore, which now has 223 homicides in 2020.

As the city marked 200 homicides last month, grassroots anti-violence groups continued to work to ease the violence through demonstrations and by contacting families to help them cope violence in the city.

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