Their wedding was planned for June. Their daughter would be a flower girl. Dancing would be in Freedom Hall of Northeast Baltimore.
Three days ago, Taylor Owings and Asia Brockington paid the deposit on the hall. Then Tuesday night, Brockington was killed while she and Owings took out the trash at their home near Patterson Park.
"Some dude walked up, said 'Don't move,'" Owings said Wednesday, their home crowded with grieving family. "He shot her. Her shot her ... I saw her take her last breath."
His 24-year-old fiancee was gunned down in a spate of violence that has left nine people dead and seven others injured since Sunday.
Owings said he did not know why the shooting happened. Police are investigating and do not have a suspect.
"We've had a tough 24 hours in Baltimore," Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday, at a gathering to recognize unrest last year in Baltimore.
Brockington and three of the victims were killed Tuesday night.
Also that night, gunfire sent families scrambling from their stoops on Loudon Avenue in West Baltimore, neighbor Mikki Kondilas said.
"It was almost like a block party. Everybody was out," she said.
An unknown gunman shot 38-year-old Damon Gingles in the head and chest in an alley there shortly before 10 p.m., police said. Gingles was dead at the scene.
Throughout Baltimore, police leaders were watching election results when the shootings started. Commanders joined in a conference call to deploy officers, said T.J. Smith, a police spokesman. "We're obviously concerned," he said.
Police continue to search for suspects in the shootings through the city.
"We're not talking about new offenders. We're not talking about domestic assaults," Smith said. "We're talking about violent, repeat offenders."
Around 7 p.m. officers were called to the 2700 block of Ashland Ave. in the Madison-Eastend neighborhood for two male victims. A 25-year-old man was shot several times and killed. A 48-year-old was hit with a stray bullet in the right ankle and hospitalized. Police have not named the man who died.
About an hour-and-a-half later, officers went to the 3200 block of East Baltimore St., where Brockington was shot in the back.
Her mother, Angelica Bush, was home and ran downstairs. She found her daughter shot in the back on the kitchen floor.
"They're got to do something about the shooting," Bush said, softly. "It's taking too many young lives. It's crazy. I have to raise my granddaughter without her mother."
About two hours later, police went to another shooting, the 4700 block of Liberty Heights Ave. in Howard Park. Officers found Carlos Younger, 24, of the 5800 block of High Gate Drive, shot in the back. Younger was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Also Tuesday, two men were shot in separate incidents in West Baltimore, police said. About 5 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the 2100 block of Booth St., police said. The man was hospitalized and his condition was unknown. Just after 7 p.m. a 27-year-old man was shot in the head in the 200 block of N. Payson St., police said. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Others were killed in separate shootings Monday night. Just before 11 p.m., officers found a 52-year-old man shot in the head while sitting in a parked car in the 800 block of Ashburton St., in the Mosher neighborhood, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another male victim, whose age was not available, was shot in the neck and chest about 11:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Purdue Ave., in the Woodbourne Heights neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, police said. He was also pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Baltimore has seen a rise in shootings since the death last April of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody. There have been 360 homicides in the city in the past 12 months.
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