Ex-Mervo athlete dies trying to foil robbery


Baltimore & Region


A former standout high school football player was fatally shot Wednesday night as he walked near a Northeast Baltimore shopping center, according to city police.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Brandon Cherry, 21, was walking with a friend near the Northwood Shopping Center in the 1500 block of Havenwood Road. Two men approached and one stuck his hand in Cherry's pockets, police said.

Cherry, who is about 6 feet 2 inches tall and more than 200 pounds, tackled both men to the ground, police said.

One man wrestled free and shot at Cherry three times, striking him once in the chest, police said.

Cherry was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 10:58 p.m., according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Cherry graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 2002.

He played on the school's football team as a defensive lineman and was nominated during his senior year as an "unsung hero" for setting a positive example for the team.

George L. Cherry Sr., an uncle, said last night that his nephew had been working at a grocery warehouse and studying to obtain his commercial driver's license.

He said Cherry had hoped to become a driver for FedEx Corp.

Cherry lived with his mother, his grandmother and his uncle in the 5200 block of Cedgate Road in Northeast Baltimore.

The uncle said Cherry had been visiting a friend who lived near the shopping center when the attack occurred.

"He was a positive kid ... very well-mannered," the uncle said. "He didn't hang with a group of guys. He had one best friend who was with him that night."

The uncle said funeral arrangements were incomplete.


Sun reporter Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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