Ray Antwone Glasgow III, a 17-year-old football and lacrosse standout at Baltimore City College high school, was killed in a shooting in Southeast Baltimore on Saturday night, police said, just two days before the Black Knights were set for a rematch with Mervo in the city's Division A lacrosse championship.
Glasgow, a longpole defenseman in lacrosse and a linebacker on the football team, had been promoted to the role of lacrosse team captain in only his second season, said coach Anthony "Merc" Ryan.
"Ray got the boys ignited. He got a fire under them," Ryan said. "You see the enthusiasm he had for it all."
His father, Ray Glasgow Jr., 35, called Ray III — his only biological son — a "daddy's boy" and "a better me."
"My son was everything I wanted to be growing up," Glasgow said Monday. The two had recently visited Hampton University to tour the historically black university's campus. It was Ray's No. 1 pick for college, Glasgow said.
"He was a better me. I used to tell him that all the time. If I could be anybody in the world I would want to be him, because the sky was the limit for him. He was an unbelievable kid."
An 18-year-old was also injured in the shooting, which happened about 6 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Eden St., near the City Springs Elementary/Middle School field, police said.
Police said the suspect drove a white Nissan Altima from the scene, and they asked anyone with information to call 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said Monday that Glasgow was not the intended target of the shooting. De Sousa called the killing a tragedy, saying the teen was not involved in any sort of criminal activity.
Glasgow was a smart kid who got good grades and helped with his father's painting company, Glasgow Professional Painting, his lacrosse coach said. His competitive spirit drew his classmates and teammates to him, his father added.
"He just wanted to win," Glasgow said. "Whether it was a scrimmage or a regular season game, a championship game, he always wanted to win. A lot of players looked up to him since elementary school, on the field or in the classroom."
But Glasgow said his son was determined to win the right way.
"He was willing to work as hard as he had to on the field and in the classroom," he said.
"He was just a great kid all the way around," Glasgow said, "loved by all."
After joining the team his sophomore season, Ray had recruited other football players to try out for lacrosse and had become something of an on-the-field coach, Ryan said.
"He picked the game up as quick as any kid I can recall," he said. "Ray played smart. He played his position well. We used him almost solely as our defenseman to clear the ball up to the middies. He's instrumental in everything we try to do out there."
Ryan said he had shared his condolences Sunday with Glasgow's grandmother, who recalled how her grandson had spent hours playing "wall ball" — throwing a lacrosse ball against a wall repeatedly to practice his stick skills.
"To see him come back with the kind of stickwork he did," Ryan said, "he really, really wanted to excel in the game."
The Black Knights had practiced Saturday in preparation for Monday's championship rematch — Mervo won last year's, 10-7, after back-to-back City championships — and Glasgow had been doing his part, revving up his teammates, Ryan said.
The junior never lacked for enthusiasm. He and his teammates had been blowing up the lacrosse team's group text message with excitement about Monday's championship, Ryan said.
"I have to tone him down sometimes," Ryan said. "He'll text me, call me — 'maybe we should put this guy in,' 'maybe we should run this play.'"
City College football coach Michael Hamilton said he'd seen Glasgow practicing with the lacrosse team Saturday. When his players told him about the their teammate's death that night, he couldn't believe it, he said.
"I was so shattered," he said. "What is there not to say about Ray? He's just the epitome of a good kid. Great student, great athlete, great kid."
Glasgow had recently finished his first season playing on the varsity football team after being called up from junior varsity, Hamilton said.
While his playing time had been limited due to the number of seniors ahead of him, Glasgow showed promise and had been "earmarked to be very instrumental" next season, Hamilton said.
"A lot of guys are taking it so hard because they were drawn to him," he said. "He was a motivator. He kept the guys motivated. … He was very athletic, very energetic."
"It floored me last night," Hamilton said. "With all this going on, this was personal."
Delories Brock, 91, who lives a few doors up the street from Glasgow's home on Edmondson Avenue, said she has known the family for 25 years and watched Glasgow grow up.
Brock, who is the matriarch of a five-generation family, said she would've been proud to have had Glasgow as one of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren. He'd been raised with manners and a good head on his shoulders, and must've been in the wrong place at the wrong time, she said.
"He did everything right," she said. "He was what everybody would want in a grandchild."