Community holds vigil for man killed in Southwest Baltimore robbery

January 16, 2014|By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

More than 60 people held candles, signed a giant sympathy card and dropped donations in a bucket Thursday for the family of a man killed during a Jan. 9 robbery in Southwest Baltimore.

Jose Abreu and his wife were both shot as they visited Abreu's brother-in-law, Jose Melo, in the Latino American Deli & Grocery at S. Smallwood and Christian streets. Abreu's wife was wounded.

Melo, the store operator, said Abreu's wife was "surviving" and was out of the hospital.

The vigil, held outside Melo's store, was organized by the Carrollton Ridge Community Association.

When Melo thanked the crowd for their support, they shouted out his neighborhood nickname: "We love you Papi."

Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts also attended the vigil and said police have promising leads on a suspect, who fled after the shooting.

"We will support you," he told the crowd. "We will stay tough. We won't back off this."

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