Baltimore shooting victims from 1984 and 2016 die from injuries; deaths are ruled homicides

Baltimore has gone a week without a fatal shooting, but added two new cases with the deaths of men shot in years past.

One case dates to 1984.


Police said that Preston Hill was shot multiple on May 29, 1984, in the 2300 block of E. Oliver St. He was 28 at the time, and paralyzed from the waist down, police said.

He was found dead in Baltimore County on Dec. 9, 2020, and an autopsy concluded that his death was the result of complications from the shooting 36 years earlier. Police spokesman Donny Moses said that the case was never solved at the time and remains open.


In the second case, 29-year-old Kendrick Hasty was shot on Oct. 14, 2016, in the 1600 block of Mountmoor Ct., and died on Nov. 18, 2020. Hasty’s autopsy also concluded that his death was the result of his injuries from the shooting.

His case also remains open.

Shelly Hasty, his aunt, said he was a kind-hearted and “happy-go-lucky” person who stayed out of trouble. He worked in sanitation. His injuries were devastating, and he suffered memory loss, like not being able to recall that his mother had died, Shelly Hasty said.

“I miss him. I can still hear his voice,” she said.

Both cases, per FBI guidelines, are added to the city’s homicide count for 2021. The FBI instructs police departments to count such cases for the year in which the determination is made, so that prior year’s statistics are not constantly revised.

So far in 2021, there have been five fewer homicides than this time last year — 46 people have been killed, including prior year cases, compared to 51 at this time last year. Non-fatal shootings are up 15%, with 102 people shot and wounded, compared to 89 at this time last year.