Man killed Saturday was due in court this week

November 13, 2013|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Tracy "Boo Boo" Love, convicted for his role in a violent drug organization and sentenced to eight years in federal prison in 2009, was due in U.S. District Court Thursday for a violation of his supervised release.

He was shot to death on Saturday.

Police said officers found Love, of Essex, sitting inside a vehicle in the 400 block of N. Athol Ave. at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. He had been shot multiple times. A second unidentified man was located elsewhere in the block, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Love was pronounced dead at a hospital before 2 a.m.

In 2006, Love was charged with being part of a drug organization known as "Special" that sold heroin, cocaine and marijuana in Baltimore. Prosecutors said Love and a man named Tamall Parker sold drugs, collected proceeds, "re-supplied and guarded the street inventory, operated as lookouts, and banded together against threats from drug traffickers from other neighborhoods."

On Oct. 13, 2004, Love pointed out James Wise Jr. for robbing a dealer working for the "Special" organization, and Parker shot and killed Wise in broad daylight, prosecutors said.

Parker is still serving his sentence, at a prison in California, in connection with the case.

The larger "Special" case also involved allegations that a witness had been murdered by members of the organization. 

Because Love had been in custody related to the case starting in 2004, Love had served his sentence by December 2011 and was released. 

He appeared to steer clear of trouble until September, when he was arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct and one count of second-degree escape. He was acquitted of those charges, but they appear to have triggered a violation of his release. He surrendered on Oct. 16 on that violation, and was released on the condition that he submit to a "location monitoring program."

Police have not released any information about the murder, such as a motive or possible suspects. Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2100. 

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