Slain Block dancer was providing information to police, records show

Woman, 25, was fatally shot Dec. 12

January 26, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A woman found fatally shot near Leakin Park last month was dealing drugs and providing information to police about three men who detectives believe took her from her home the morning of her death, according to court records.

Baltimore police confirmed Tuesday that they had made an arrest in the death of Cherrie Gammon, a 25-year-old mother of two and dancer on The Block who was shot multiple times Dec. 12. Hassan Muhammed, 32, of the 1600 block of Guilford Ave. was arrested and charged with murder Jan. 17.

Gammon struggled with drugs, and friends and family feared that they had played a role in her death. Court records show that Gammon was not only using drugs, but had begun selling them and was providing information to police.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman, said he could not confirm or deny whether Gammon was a police informant.

Witnesses told police that she was selling heroin and crack cocaine for Donte "Tay" Baker; Muhammed, who is known as "Rowland"; and a man nicknamed "Miami," records show. The witnesses said the men took her from her home in the early morning of Dec. 12 and drove her to the area, where she was shot and killed.

Detective Joseph Landsman wrote in charging documents that witnesses said Muhammed later told others how he had shot Gammon five times.

Muhammed, who was arrested on The Block on Jan. 7, is being held without bond. Baker, 20, was arrested Dec. 28 on handgun and drug charges. The man nicknamed "Miami" has not been charged, according to court records.

Gammon had gone through her share of struggles, including the loss of her father at an early age, a divorce and battles with drugs, friend Brandi Bianconi-Guthrie told The Baltimore Sun last month.

Her struggles with crack and heroin started about two years ago, and she took a job dancing at Club Pussycat on The Block. Bianconi-Guthrie said Gammon enjoyed the work at first, but was fearful of how her children would perceive it and sought to get out of the business. Interview after interview for "straight" jobs were unsuccessful, Bianconi-Guthrie said.

Court records don't detail her descent into drug dealing or how she began working with authorities.

Friends and relatives were trying to remember her as a caring and outgoing friend, the woman who chased people around the house with a slice of cake at a birthday party for one of her children.

"She went out of her way to help anybody that she could," Bianconi-Guthrie said. "If you were in a tight spot, she was always there."

justin.fenton@baltsun.com



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