Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday for Bruce Delbert Royster Sr., a certified public accountant who was the city's first homicide victim of 2012, at City Temple Baptist Church, 317 Dolphin St.

Mr. Royster, who had been shot several times, was found Jan. 3 slumped over the driver's seat of a vehicle in the 4000 block of Edgewood Road. He was treated at the scene by medics and transported to Sinai Hospital, where he died.


"The case is still under investigation," said his daughter, Faith "Bam" Cureton-Amuquandoh, who lives in Catonsville.

Mr. Royster was born in Baltimore and spent his life in a home in the 2900 block of Baker St. in the city's Rosemont neighborhood.

After graduating in 1967 from City College, Mr. Royster attended what is now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 1972 from the University of Baltimore.

Though not a student at what is now Coppin State University, Mr. Royster helped establish the Zeta Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity there and remained an active member of the fraternity, attending annual homecoming events at the Northwest Baltimore college, until his death.

He worked for Arundel Ice Cream, the state of Maryland and Howard University before becoming a certified public accountant and establishing his accounting practice in 1992 in a Druid Park Drive office.

"He often gave back to the community by providing college students with internships and summer jobs at his office," his daughter said.

For the last year, Mr. Royster had begun to experience failing health and reduced his work schedule, his daughter said.

Mr. Royster was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed playing pool and golfing at the Forest Park Golf Course with his fraternity brothers. He was also an avid reader.

Ms. Cureton-Amuquandoh said her father had the ability to "fix anything" and was known for his sense of humor and being "focused, determined, witty and fluent in sarcasm."

Also surviving are two sons, Byron Royster of Cedonia and Bruce D. Royster Jr. of New York City; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his companion, Octavia Anderson-Williams of Baltimore.