Michael Strickland, 24

Music promoter

July 26, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Michael Christopher Strickland, a former football player at Polytechnic Institute, died July 15 after he was shot during an incident in Atlanta. He was 24.

Mekka S. Parish, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb County Police Department, said that a man has been arrested and charged in the killing of Mr. Strickland.

"Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and seeing suspects fleeing the scene. Mr. Strickland died at the scene," Ms. Parish said, adding that the "investigation is ongoing."

Mr. Strickland was born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown. "Michael was an outgoing, giving and loving young man," said his father, Joseph R. Strickland of Reservoir Hill.

Mr. Strickland was a 2002 graduate of Poly, where he played varsity football, his father said. He went on to study business administration at Clark Atlanta University, where he made the dean's list, and later at Georgia State University, his father said.

"At the time of his death, Michael was working promoting several music groups in Atlanta," his father said.

Mr. Strickland earned his real estate license in 2003, his father said, and afterward he worked as a real estate agent at Strickland Realty LLC in Baltimore, a real estate business that is owned and operated by his parents.

As a youth, he was a member of the Randallstown Panthers football team that won the Mid-Atlantic Championship in 1996 and competed in the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

"The team was defeated in triple overtime yet emerged as the fourth-best 10-12-year-old Pop Warner team in the United States," his father said.

Mr. Strickland was a member of Baltimore's Metropolitan United Methodist Church, where services were held Thursday.

Also surviving are his mother, Cheryl Strickland; two brothers, Joseph R. Strickland Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and Brian Strickland of Atlanta; two sisters, Muriel A. Major of Reisterstown and Shelley D. Witherspoon of Laurel; and several nephews and a niece.

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