Police: Teen fatally stabbed was defending sister

Victim was nationally ranked boxer with Olympic aspirations

March 07, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Police said the 17-year-old who was fatally stabbed early Sunday morning in Northwest Baltimore was intervening in a dispute between his sister and a man.

The victim was identified as Ronald T. Gibbs, a boxer who reached the semifinals in the 2010 National PAL Championship in San Antonio and had Olympic aspirations.

Marvin McDowell, president of the state's amateur boxing association, said Gibbs, known as "Rock," was at one point ranked in the top 10 in the country. He trained at the Upton Boxing Center on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"It's a life wasted," McDowell said. "The boy was so talented. He had a future, and just like that, his life is over. It's senseless."

Ronald W. Gibbs, 38, said his son and 20-year-old daughter were watching taped episodes of their favorite TV show when two people approached the home, in the 5000 block of Nelson Ave., looking for his daughter. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the son heard the commotion and intervened, and the 17-yer-old and sister both were stabbed.

The elder Gibbs said police had a man in custody, which police would not confirm. Guglielmi said police were "optimistic" on some leads in the investigation.

The sister was released from a local hospital Monday, her father said.

Ronald W. Gibbs praised homicide detectives but said a patrol officer who responded to the scene ordered those trying to administer aid to Ronald T. Gibbs to lay down on the ground, with medics still en route, "like we were the suspects."

"They didn't care about my baby laying on the ground dying," Ronald W. Gibbs said.

He said his son was an occasional honor roll student who was learning to play guitar, and wrote in a poetry book – something he kept a secret to protect his tough image.

"He was an all-around good kid," he said. "The only thing I had to do was tell him to clean his room."


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