The 13-year-old boy who was fatally wounded during a mass shooting early Sunday morning in the parking lot of a Rosedale shopping center that also injured five others lost a 15-year-old half-brother to gun violence less than three years ago.
Rickie Forehand — who was pronounced dead at the scene by medics after Baltimore County police officers found him and five other people shot at the strip mall in the 6200 block of Kenwood Ave. just after midnight Sunday — was the half-brother of Jeffrey Quick III, a 15-year-old who was fatally shot Aug. 22, 2017, according to Quick’s father, Jeffrey Quick Jr. His father said the two slain teenagers shared a mother.
Speaking to The Baltimore Sun, the elder Quick said Jeffrey and Rickie grew up together before Quick was shot on Fremont Avenue in Harlem Park in August 2017.
“They loved their relationship. He missed his brother,” Quick said.
He said the two were “best friends” who grew up playing football, with Jeffrey assuming the big brother role.
Quick said he feels the worst for Mia Forehand, the mother of the two boys, who has seen gun violence claim the lives of two of her teenage sons.
“She done lost two kids that didn’t live to see 16 years of age,” Quick said.
The Forehand family declined to comment when a Sun reporter approached their county home Sunday and Tuesday.
Jeffrey’s death in 2017 was one of a number of violent incidents in the city’s Harlem Park neighborhood that year that spurred police to do a targeted raid on an alleged gang member’s house to attempt to stem the violence.
County police officers were back at the shopping center Monday, speaking with nearby business owners and canvassing the area.
Rickie was one of several teenagers who were shot after an altercation in the parking lot, police said. Two 12-year-old boys, a 14-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were injured in the shooting.
The five other victims were released from the hospital Sunday evening, police said.
Apostle Clarence Hooper, a deputy chief of the Baltimore Trauma Response Team, said a fight started at an event inside the Triple Threat Elite Dance Studio at the shopping center before it moved outside and became fatal. Police have not said the business is being held liable for the fight.
The studio wrote in an Instagram story post Tuesday that the shooting “did not take place in our studio or out front of our studio.”
“The incident took place down the street in front of a different building,” wrote the studio, while also extending their condolences to the victims and families involved.
Representatives of the studio have not responded to multiple requests for comment.
Hooper said he spoke with one of Rickie’s teachers, who described him as a “very good student” who was “very helpful” and loved being around his peers.
“The mother has already buried one child, so now she has another child she’s going to bury, so this is a devastating thing,” Hooper said.
Police have not announced any arrests in the shooting.
Baltimore Sun reporters Wilborn P. Nobles III and McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.