Three Baltimore men were arrested and charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the Saturday morning stabbing death of a Marine at a house party in Northeast Baltimore, police said.
The three men arrested and charged with the murder of Pfc. Darius Ray were Michael Wiggins, 26; Vernon Hadley, 22; and Nicky Woodward, 27, said Baltimore Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Four homicide detectives interviewed more than 30 witnesses to the stabbing, Guglielmi said.
"The murder of a service member hits very hard," Guglielmi said. "And we marshaled all of our resources to put this case down very quickly."
Ray, 20, was from Potomac and stationed in Washington. He was a three-sport athlete at Magruder High in Montgomery County and set a school record with a long jump of more than 22 feet.
He enlisted in the Marines in June and was training in ceremonial drills to become a member of the color guard. "This loss is definitely being felt throughout the command," said Capt. Lisa Lawrence, public affairs officer for the Washington barracks.
Ray was stabbed in the upper torso and pronounced dead at 4:58 a.m. Saturday at Sinai Hospital.
Another man stabbed at the party remained at Good Samaritan Hospital on Sunday with injuries that were not life-threatening, Guglielmi said.
Guglielmi said a group of neighborhood men showed up at the party in the 6900 block of McClean Blvd. and were asked to leave. An altercation ensued, and one of the suspects left the party, only to return with a knife, he said.