Emmanuel Holley had some run-ins with the law before he even turned 18 in February, and it worried his mother, who stressed education in hopes of keeping him on the right path. Despite the troubles, the family never lost their faith, she said in an interview Monday.
Two gun charges — one landed him in juvenile court, the second adult court — put Holley on house arrest for much of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he never stopped trying to get an education, his mother, Angela Owens, said.
His house arrest ended March 8, according to court records, but Holley still attended classes at the Eager Street Academy, a public alternative middle-high school, which serves youth charged as adults in the Penn-Fallsway neighborhood of Baltimore, Owens said.
On April, 18 he went out with a friend, according to police, when someone opened fire and shot him. Police said officers heard multiple shots in the area of the 1800 and 1900 block of W. Fayette St. When they arrived they found a woman who was shot in the foot and two other men, including Holley, suffering from gunshot wounds.
He died Monday, May 17.
“I loved him and I know that he is in a better place,” Owens said. “He loved his family very much.”
Part of that love was making sure her son got an education, she said.
Eager Street Academy is inside the Baltimore Juvenile Justice detention center, and instructors go into the facility to teach the teenagers and try to give them an alternative to crime, according to the state and Owens. Holley was taking general studies classes, and had also been classes at Baltimore City Community College, Owens said.
Monday, as she wrote the obituary for the son she loved, the memories become even more difficult and the reality of Emmanuel being with her harder to process.
Owens wanted to craft a path for him to steer him away from his early troubles. When he was let off house arrest, Holley wanted something closer to a normal life, his mother said.
Holley is one of 20 people in Baltimore between the ages of 18 and 25 to be killed this year, according to police records.
On Monday, police said another man in that age range had died from injuries suffered in a downtown shooting just days earlier.
Tony Hedgspeth, 23, was shot in the 200 block of Lexington St. on Friday and homicide detectives were brought into the case because of the severity of his injuries, police said. He died Monday.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call (410) 396-2100 or call Metro crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.
Additionally, Baltimore police on Monday provided the identities of other people killed in the city in the past week.
Harrison Morten, 28, was fatally shot in the 3000 block of Spaulding Ave.
Police also identified three people killed Friday and Saturday. Donte Scott, 33, was killed in the 800 block of Wheeler Ave. on Friday. Dorian Shropshire, 28, was killed in the 4900 block of Liberty Heights Ave. and Sarah Steel, 39, was killed in the 2400 block of Calverton Heights.
So far this year, 125 people have been killed in Baltimore, eight more than at this same time last year. The number of people shot and injured is 254, 42 more than a year ago.