Paul Jackson often carried his guitar, playing it everywhere.
The 33-year-old pursued dreams of becoming a musician, making music and uploading it to YouTube, said Diedre McDonald, who has a 3-year-old son with Jackson.
“He was free-spirited, super strong, fearless,” she said. “Whatever he wanted, he went and did it without any hesitation.”
But Jackson’s life ended recently as he walked to a family member’s house, McDonald said. Police said Jackson was fatally shot in the head around 7 p.m. Feb. 26. in the 3000 block of Mayfield Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. Medics took him to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A police spokeswoman said a motive is unknown, and no arrests have been made.
McDonald, 30, who lives in Station North, said she is struggling with Jackson’s death. Though their son is only 3, McDonald said she felt it was easier to tell him what happened rather than waiting and explaining it to him when he’s older.
McDonald said Jackson posted a lot of his music online, which she described as “street” and reflected some of the violence around him.
Jackson has had previous run-ins with the law. He wasarrested in the past for drug distribution charges, according to online court records. Most recently, he was charged assault in July, but the charges were dropped.
Jasmine Chandler and her pregnant friend were on their way to a beauty supply shop Sunday evening to buy supplies when both women were shot inside a car in the 5100 block of Park Heights, Baltimore police said.