A widower with five young children was gunned down in West Baltimore early Thanksgiving Day and police say they have no suspect or motive for the slaying.
Cedric Hargrove Sr., 31, of the 1800 block of W. Baltimore St., was found lying in an alley off the first block of S. Payson St. about 12:05 a.m. yesterday by Southwestern District officers. The officers responded to a call that a gun had been fired and that an injured man was lying in the alley.
Hargrove was shot several times in the abdomen and left leg with a handgun. He was rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center. He died shortly before 1:30 a.m. without regaining consciousness, police said.
Homicide Detective Rick James said today a report of the slaying gave no indication as to why Hargrove was killed.
"There were no signs of robbery or drugs and no one saw anyone fleeing from the scene," James said.
The area where Hargrove was killed is heavily drug-infested, according to police and residents.
The victim's children, Cedric Jr., 10; Christopher, 7; Quinn, 6; and twins David and Donald, 4, were found by police alone at home. The home is less than three blocks from where their father was found dying.
Police said the children appeared in good health. They were placed in the temporary custody of the Baltimore Department of Social Services.
Hargrove and his family moved to the neighborhood from North Carolina a little more than a year ago, neighbors said.
Neighbors said the boys' mother died shortly after the family arrived.
The neighbors offered varying opinions about Hargrove. While some said he was upstanding and well-liked, others noted he never held a job while he lived in Baltimore and wondered how he supported his family.
However, neighbors said they were fond of his sons, who they said were polite.
"He just stayed to himself," said Robin Rice, 30, a neighbor. "He just took care of his boys. Normally, when you saw him, you saw his kids.
"They were nice little boys, well-mannered. They would say 'Yes ma'am. Thank you ma'am.' "
"He [Hargrove] was friendly. . . . He made friends with everyone. When you saw him, he spoke," Rice said.