Local business and restaurant owner Trevor White was fatally shot early Sunday morning in the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside neighborhood of North Baltimore, Baltimore Police said.
Officers arrived in the 1300 block of Lakeside Avenue around 4 a.m. Sunday after a report of gunfire and found the 40-year-old unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency medical services declared White dead at the scene.
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White was a co-owner of RYMKS Bar & Grille, a soul food restaurant and sports bar in Little Italy. He was also the owner of Valuable Business Solutions, a tax and accounting firm in Windsor Mill.
Earlier this year, The Baltimore Sun had spoken with White about his experience as a Black business owner in Baltimore, specifically within majority-white neighborhoods.
“As long as the Black crowd or the Black community stays as a minority, then everyone is comfortable,” White said at the time. “When they are the majority, other races tend to be less and less comfortable.”
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He also expressed his wish to start a Black Restaurant and Bar Association that would uplift and support other Black businesses.
White’s family released a statement Monday after his death.
“Trevor was many things to many people — a husband, father, brother, cousin, uncle, Fraternity Brother, and friend,” it read. “The youngest member of the White family, he was an incredible source of strength; a firm, strong, and extremely loving person, who touched everyone he met. His passion was palpable and his energy will never be replaced.”
Family members declined to speak with a reporter regarding his death.