Police make arrest in Dec. killing of Baltimore youth mentor

Baltimore police make arrest in the death of a youth mentor who was killed in December.

City police have made an arrest in the December killing of a youth mentor in East Baltimore.

Devin Segar, 23, is charged with first-degree murder of 32-year-old Gregory Mungo, who was found shot in his car in Oliver on Dec. 1.

Mungo's friends said he was in the process of rebuilding his life after being released from prison, where he had served time on a gun conviction. He had been mentoring kids with the Oliver Community 250 program's youth basketball league.

"I believe it brings closure to the neighborhood, to the families and it does give an example that it won't be tolerated that you will kill someone and get away with it," said Mungo's friend, Gary Crum.

He was one of several residents who marched at a "Peace in Our Streets" rally held in December after Mungo's death.

Mungo was found slumped over in the driver seat of his 2015 Audi around 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of N. Caroline Street. He had been shot in the neck and chest.

Police did not release a motive in the killing. Segar was identified by a witness whose name was withheld for safety, charging documents said.

Kirsten Allen said the arrest is a positive step forward, but it doesn't change what happened.

"I want my friend back," she said. "There's still a loss."

The arrest will likely bring closure to his family, but not to the community, she said.

The Oliver community, she said, has "been ravaged by so many homicides. It just seems like every year our group gets smaller and smaller," she said of the youth program.

Crum said he recently spoke to Mungo's aunt, who raised him.

"I know she is probably happy today that they made an arrest. He was taken away senselessly for nothing," he said.

Last year, Baltimore Mungo was among 344 people killed in Baltimore, making it the deadliest year per capita on record for the city. Meanwhile, the rate at which police cleared homicide cases last year had plummeted to about 30 percent, compared to 2014.

"I would hope that all 344 get solved because nobody… should have to go months and years without knowing who killed their child," Crum said.

Segar, of the 2700 block of Edison Highway in Belair-Edison, is being held without bail at Central Booking. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

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