Doreen Scofield won't ever forget the spark in her granddaughter's eyes as she greeted her father. Five-year-old Sincere even tore down the steps in a towel after a bath, Scofield said, just to open the door and hug Jermaine.
"Nobody could take his place," said Doreen Scofield of her son. "Just knowing he was coming, the look in her eyes, I've never seen a child look like that about their father."
Scofield, 40, teared up as she spoke about Jermaine, 24, who was shot to death in West Baltimore early Sunday morning.
He was among four shot — three of them fatally — in a violent six hours in the city, according to police. This year, 147 people have been killed in Baltimore. Also this weekend, two people were stabbed to death and four others were shot but were expected to survive.
Police have increased patrols in the neighborhoods where the weekend's killings happened, and homicide detectives are speaking to community members, running down leads and trying to find those responsible.
"We're looking to see whether or not these three separate incidents are related or connected because of the time frame," police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said.
Relatives stopped by Doreen Scofield's home near the B&O Railroad Museum in Southwest Baltimore to hug and console her Sunday afternoon. They ate lunch and laughed as they remembered her goofy, fun-loving eldest son.
She pulled up a video of him that a friend had posted on Facebook: Even sick with a fever, he had donned his girlfriend's pink bathrobe atop his black Orioles shirt and made a video of himself dancing around the room.
"He was funny. He liked to play around a lot," said his girlfriend, Lataesha McCormick, 28. "He was a big kid, basically."
Scofield was shot multiple times about 1:15 a.m. in the 1800 block of W. North Ave., police said. Police released no other details.
Later, a man was killed and another was injured in a double shooting about 6 a.m. in the 900 block of Calhoun St. in Sandtown-Winchester, police said. The injured man, shot in the stomach, was hospitalized; police did not release his condition.
About 30 minutes after that incident, a man was shot in the upper body in the 600 block of E. Patapsco Ave. in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Neither of those homicide victims had been named publicly as of Sunday.
About 11 p.m. Friday, a 59-year-old woman, Molly K. Macauley, was stabbed to death while walking her dogs in Roland Park. A man was found fatally stabbed Friday morning in the Pleasant View Gardens neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore, police said Sunday. His name was not released.
Silbert touted the department's new tip line, to which people may anonymously send information, including text, videos and photos: 443-902-4824.
On Monday morning, investigators will be canvassing the neighborhood to search for witnesses and additional information in the Macauley case.
"In general, the community is working with us, not just with shootings and stabbings," he said. "Recently we've talked about several cases where people are calling us and texting tips to us."
The homicide unit may be reached directly at 410-396-2100, and tipsters may also call the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline, 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Doreen Scofield said she has forgiven whoever killed Jermaine and told her family she wants no retaliation.
"It's not going to bring my son back," she said. "I just want to bury my son."
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