Angela Agnew brushed aside cigarette butts with her hand as she placed candles on the sidewalk, part of a memorial in front of her parents' Northwest Baltimore home Sunday afternoon.
The litter might be unremarkable any other day, but lying right where Loressa "Ressy" Little and Leroy Agnew had tossed them every day from the porch, they served as yet another heartbreaking reminder of a couple gone too soon.
Police said the two were gunned down inside their home in the 5200 block of Denmore Ave., in the Arlington neighborhood near Pimlico Racecourse, at about 1:27 a.m. Tuesday.
Angela Agnew said her 5-year-old younger brother, who lived with the couple, was home at the time and has since been placed into protective custody. She hasn't been able to contact him or any of her out-of-state relatives whose numbers are in her father's phone, which was taken into evidence.
Police said Sunday that "investigators have not established a motive" in the killings.
Despite declines in homicides and nonfatal shootings in 2014, Baltimore has experienced a violent start to October. The double shooting was among 11 homicides in Baltimore in the past 11 days, bringing to more than 170 the number who have been killed in the city this year.
At about 9 p.m. on Saturday, a 28-year-old man was found with severe wounds to his upper body and later died inside a home in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, police said. The victim died in the home in the 2500 block of Garrett Ave., and a person of interest was taken into custody, police said.
Police also reported two nonfatal shootings on Sunday. At about 1 a.m., a 31-year-old man admitted himself to a local hospital with multiple wounds after being shot near the Western District Police Station in the 1000 block of N. Mount St. in Sandtown Winchester. At 3:31 p.m., a man was shot more than once in the 500 block of E. North Ave. in East Baltimore Midway, police said. Both victims are expected to survive their injuries. Police did not release any information about suspects or motives in either case.