Baltimore County police were investigating yesterday the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Milford Mill Academy student on North Rolling Road in Randallstown.
On Sunday night, Renard Jawon Graves of the 8300 block of Mindale Circle had told his stepfather, Larry Walden, that he was going out - a common occurrence that Walden said usually meant Renard was walking to a neighbor's house. But just before midnight, neighbors knocked on Walden's door and told him Renard had been shot.
"We don't have a clue what happened. We feel useless," Walden said.
"It's the worst feeling in the world," added Stephanie Walden, Renard's mother.
Yesterday, police said they had few details about the shooting.
Officers had been called to the 3500 block of N. Rolling Road to investigate reports of shots fired about 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found Graves - fatally injured by a shot in the torso - but no witnesses or suspects, police said.
They also found a cellular phone and a small amount of marijuana near Renard's body, police said.
Larry Walden said police told him they suspect a young man on foot, accompanied by another young man, shot Renard from across North Rolling Road.
Family members described Renard as creative, well-liked and bright. They said he excelled in his math classes, loved basketball (though he spurned his high school team in favor of the recreational team he considered more talented) and was expected to graduate May 29 - a year ahead of schedule.
With commencement approaching, family members said, Renard was planning to join the Navy and was looking forward to the rites of passage that come with being a high school senior.
"He had just made a reservation for a car for the prom and was deciding what kind of suit he wanted to get," Stephanie Walden said, adding that her son had contemplated taking two female cousins as his dates.
"He always did things a little differently," she said.
Larry Walden said the Rolling Park Apartments complex - a collection of three-story brick buildings that hug Mindale Circle, a U-shaped road just off North Rolling Road - is a decent place to live but has grown "a little worse" in the past year as teen-agers have begun loitering and drinking alcohol in the parking lot and building vestibules.
"It's just a nuisance to have those kids hanging around," Larry Walden said. "People here work hard and try to live decent, but we just have those hoodlums hanging around."
The shooting was the 11th homicide in the county this year.
Sun staff writer Julie Bykowicz contributed to this article.