Baltimore Police officials said Friday they have charged a 21-year-old man with a previous record of arrests for shootings with the murder of Kendal Fenwick, a father who had been building a fence around his Park Heights home to prevent drug dealers from coming through his yard.
Devante Brim is charged with the murder of the 24-year-old truck driver who was raising three children. He was killed on Nov. 9 outside his house as his children hid in a closet inside.
Later, neighbors, police officers and community members came together to finish building the fence around his house. Neighbors said his efforts to take care of his family without turning to drug dealing and crime stood out.
Maj. Stanley Brandford said police had been able to link Brim to the Fenwick murder through ballistics from a previous shooting and Fenwick's killing. But he also said the case would not have been solved without "some brave souls who came forward" with information. "We are not going to lock into the particular motive, but we are certain we got the right person."
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Brim was "the poster child of a violent repeat offender." Charged Friday with first degree murder, Brim was already in prison charged with a shooting that had taken place five days before Fenwick's killing.
The announcement of the charges came between two more homicides in the city on Friday. The first came at 4:38 p.m. in the 2000 block of Kennedy Avenue in East Baltimore. A 21-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
The second homicide came at 5:50 p.m. A 40-year-old man with at least one gunshot wound to his back was found in the 5600 block of The Alameda. He was also pronounced dead at the scene.