BALTIMORE – A Baltimore woman was murdered after reporting thugs stealing bicycles that belonged to her children.
Detectives filled the 1700 block of Gertrude Street near North Avenue Monday night, looking for answers to one of the city’s six overnight homicides, reported Fox45. It was a morose murder that took the life of 37-year-old Charmaine Wilson (pictured).
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said, “Every night, it never ceases. When you’re in this neighborhood, you’re guaranteed to hear at least one gun shot a day.”
People are reluctant to report crime due to the thugs that control the troubled neighborhood.
“I don’t want to be on TV, because I don’t know if someone might feel some way about something I said and they might want to do something to me,” said one neighbor.
That’s what family members say happened to Wilson Monday night.
A family member said Wilson “has called the police so many times, more than a handful of times living in this neighborhood.”
The relative, who didn’t want to be identified for fear of retaliation, told Fox45 that Wilson had called the police twice Monday. She first called after two boys tried to steal her son’s bike. Next she called about 9 p.m. when six boys assaulted another son.
“The police had left and he was not gone more than seven minutes, and two guys came from the side with masks on their face,” said Wilson’s sister.
“They walked up to her and shot her two times. Gunned her down right in front of her children.”
Wilson died moments later.
The woman ruthlessly murdered for simply trying to protect her family had eight children and two grandchildren. Six of her kids are under the age of 18.
According to a family member, Wilson requested a transfer from her housing unit with the Housing Authority months ago.
“[She] asked for housing to move her because she was scared,” she said. “Her kids weren’t safe, she wasn’t safe, her car was vandalized, her apartment was vandalized, and they did not move her because it wasn’t ‘enough evidence.’ Now my sister – 37 years old, eight kids, two grandkids – is gone, for a bike. And she asked for help.”
In a statement, Housing Authority spokesperson Tania Baker said, “HABC is looking into this tragic situation. We cannot release confidential information pertaining to public housing residents.”
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