Cherry Hill Man Murdered In Front Of Wife & Kids

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Murdered in front of his own wife and kids. Police are trying to figure out who gunned down a Cherry Hill man in broad daylight in front of his own house.

Derek Valcourt spoke one-on-one with the victim’s wife about what happened.

She witnessed the whole thing as her husband was gunned down before her. The killers wore masks.

At the intersection of Ascension and Swale in Cherry Hill, there’s a growing memorial for 29-year-old Harry Hicks, who volunteered as a youth football coach and worked with children at his job at the Patapsco Recreation Center. 

“It all happened so fast,” said Melody Hicks, victim’s wife. “It still hasn’t hit me to the reality of it all, what happened. It was so sudden.”

His wife and their two children were there around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when she says two masked gunmen shot her husband multiple times as they were leaving their house.

“It just all happened suddenly. As soon as we were getting in the car, I  just heard gunshots, and the next thing I know my husband is on the ground,” Melody Hicks said.

Police investigating say they don’t know the motive behind Harry Hicks’ murder. His wife is just as puzzled.

“I have no idea. My husband was a friend to everyone. Not aware of any enemies. Everyone loved my husband. It was a shock,” said Melody Hicks.

Melody says her faith has kept her strong, but she worries about the impact that witnessing the murder will have on her two children.

“My husband loved family, he loved friends, he loved hanging out. He loved to make everyone have a good time,” she said. “That’s pretty much what I want them to remember about my husband and how he loved the youth and he loved life.”

There were two gunman,” Melody Hicks continued. “I want justice for my husband. He deserved that much.”

Police are interviewing a number of witnesses, but say right now they have no suspects in the case.

Hicks was a life-long resident of Cherry Hill. His was the second murder in that neighborhood this week.

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  1. ferddie b says:

    its tragic and for this to have happened in the presence of the family is even more so. may the family be strenghted and protected. this seems to be very personal and selective. how is it that a human is capable of something so crule? theres a phase in the bible that says “the heart is tresorious who can know it”……………………….

  2. heather says:

    Thats so sad how ppl kill and have no remorse 4 those Around them…..

  3. Youngsinsear says:

    So glad I moved from cherry hill it was horrible when I lived there I can jus imagine how it is now this is so senseless they didn’t jus tak his life but his wife nd kids also my prayers go out to his family

  4. East Coast says:

    I don’t know how someone can kill a father in front of his children and wife. What kind of bottom feeding garbage lives in that city? What did he do, look at them wrong?

    1. speakthetruth says:

      How do you know the persons responsible live in the city? or are you assuming they do? If you know something you should tell the police.

      1. maxx says:

        Let’s “SPEAK THE TRUTH” …The people committing THESE TYPES of murders are typically from the city. You don’t hear about white men from Hunt Valley going to Cherry Hill to murder a man in front of his children. It just doesn’t happen…You need to be realistic….

        Everybody’s a martyr when they die. I don’t doubt that this man was a great friend, well liked, etc…However, unless he was mistaken for somebody else, did something so wrong that somebody wanted him dead…so bad that they did it in front of his family…NOBODY deserves to die no matter what they did….

      2. CherryHillBorn&Raised says:

        @maxx
        that is whats wrong with society today. Everyone looks at the city as just a bad place, when that is not what the city is all about. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. I was raised in the city and live in the County & trust and believe although my neighborhood is safe, I hear about just as much as the same brutual crimes in the county. And as far as crimes all natinalities commit them, Yes white people do commit crimes just as much as blacks, it’s just not portrayed or publicized like how they do blacks. You don’t hear about everything wrong WHITES do. If you want to get technical, Whites does the most brutual and distraught crimes. Yes i take your comment very personal because Harry Hicks was a personal family friend whom i grew up with & he was a great man. Mind you its alot of white folks that comes out their for drug programs, so why they cannot be a suspect or capable of a crime.

        just my thoughts

  5. ethel says:

    Maybe it is time to put cameras out there is there aren’t already. Obviously if they were masked it wouldn’t help this crime but maybe others. Maybe cops should stop up patrols.. This is a senseless crime and for it to happen in front of the kids and wife too. And they are such a beautiful family.. The criminals are going to keep on committing crimes because they know there are usually no punishments involved.. Until the sentencing starts getting a little harsher and we use the death penalty when the criminals murder people, this is going to continue happening. God bless his wife and family

  6. Rev John says:

    May the Grace and Peace of our Lord JesusChrist be with you now and forever . Amen

  7. Ariel says:

    Who would have known that they were leaving out at that time? If the shooters were wearing masks then this was preplanned. Sounds like a setup. Whoever did it I pray for God to bring his wrath on them for being cruel enough to do something so inhuman in front of these children. COWARDS!!! God will bring you to justice.

    1. Kel says:

      Maybe they didn’t know they were leaving, but had a set time to do this terrible act…. if they weren’t going out, the masked shooters could have entered the house, and then there would be 4 victims. It’s a terrible, terrible thing what these cowards did to this man, and his family. I hope someone out there can’t sleep at night, tosses and turns, sweats so badly he can’t even think, and finally does the right thing by turning these cowards in.

  8. bernadette says:

    i pray for u and the family god as everything in store for them they cannot run away from justice because the street talk

  9. cms827 says:

    This is so sad. This is why we need tougher penalties, we need the death penalty for this and not sitting on death row for 20 years we need to execute within months to get these low life slime balls off the streets forever.

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      The death penally has been proven to be ineffective in stopping murder. Most of the idiots that commit these crimes are so stupid or emotional they have no sense of what the consequences will be afterwards. Then they all lawyer up on the taxpayers money & say they’re sorry.

      1. ToneGrail says:

        Au contraire. The death penalty is very effective. If you execute murderers thereis 0% chance of them being able to commit murder again. I’d call that a 100% effectiveness rate.

  10. ARNOLD ARMSTRONG says:

    I WANNA THANK ALL THE PEOPLE FOR EXPRESSING THEIR LOVE FOR MY NIECE AND THE FAMILY!..WE KNOW THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS…IT SADDENS ME TO SEE HOW PEOPLE NOLONGER HAVE VALUE OR RESPECT FOR LIFE!…

    1. Rashid says:

      Our prayers definitely go out asking God to get them through this tough time. But let your niece know the more pain she feel he feels. So let’s get her to be rejoiceful so he can smile like we all knew him to do. R.I.P Harry Hicks

  11. Madeline Eichelberger says:

    This is tragic!! I don’t understand why people think they have the right to take another humans life!! RIP HICKS. Sorry for your loss to his family!!

  12. pigeon says:

    To Mr. McKernan – I’ve read many of your comments in different articles. You are one mean ignorant & negative individual. It is people like you who make it difficult to overcome any negative feelings between people. What a shame that you are going through life with such a cold heart.
    To the Hicks family, God had his reason. Be thankful for the time you were blessed to have known and loved this man. Another angel in heaven!

  13. Rashid says:

    U must ignore ignorance don’t lower urself as tht individual has. My gud brother Harry god has u now. There is no home like where u are now. For the eleven yrs I knew u brother I’ve only known u to smile an wanna see ur friends an family to succeed in this lyfe. Them two guys tht cut ur lyfe short God has a punishment for them that no man can bare. My prayers go out to ur family brother. For a gud brother like urself to have 2 gud baby boys just imagine while ur up there how they gonna turn out cuz there father was a great. So u know there destined to be the same. Rest easy Harry

  14. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss but that area is poison. Cut out the cancer if you want to live.

    1. delta6109 says:

      What about East Baltimore, Dundalk, O’Donnell Heights, Turner Station, Edmondson Village, Randallstown? These areas also have a lot of murders..so the location is irrelevant. It is about a life taken in front of small children and his wife. It is about children who will be haunted by what they saw. You are truly a piece of work.

  15. popo50 says:

    unfortunately, the people responsible for this most likely knew the victim. working in cherry hill for numerous years, the citizens in that area know each other (for most part). there are small groups or gangs that frequent their own parts of “the hill”. if you have lived here for good amount of time, you know who’s who and who has done what! a majority of the crime in cherry hill is done by some of the “hoolums” that reside there, or from nearby brooklyn/curtis bay/westport.

  16. Crystal Mitchell says:

    Reading some of the comments above just show why situations like this and others occur. It starts with ignorant words and escalates into so much more. Yes the world is full of freedom of speech but sometimes people need to keep to themselves and learn when to keep their mouth shut. The area so called labled as “poison” had nothing to do with this or any situation that occurs in that area. “Areas” don’t take responsibility for someon’es actions. People are responsible for their actions. I live in the county in a very decent neighborhood and I’m sorry but there aren’t any situations that haven’t happened in my community that have happened in Cherry Hill. There is always going to be theft, shootings that result and don’t result in death, etc. around any and pretty much every corner you turn. It can happen anywhere at anytime. Society puts a label on those areas and then runs with it. Every single human being is there own person. They make who they are in this world. The community has nothing to do with their character. Regardless of where Harry lived he did not deserve to be murdered nor did his wife, family, children and friends deserve to have to deal with the pain of losing him. I knew Harry personally. We attended middle and high school together and he was a wonderful person. His personality and spirit shined on to everyone else. If you were in a bad mood and then saw or talked to Harry he made it extremely hard to leave without being cheered up. My thought and prayers go out to his wife, children, family and friends. I hope that they catch the individual/individuals that commited or participated in his murder. If anyone knows any information about this crime please come forward and talk to someone. It’s not about being a snitch because remember if it was your husband, father, brother or anyone in your family you would be praying and hoping for someone else to do the same thing!!!!

    1. ChheryHillBorn&Raised says:

      Love your response… i just commented and made the same point, people ARE CLEARLY CLUELESS AND THINK THE CITY IS JUST ALL BAD. CRIME HAPPENS EVERYWHERE.

  17. Crystal Mitchell says:

    Reading some of the comments above just show why situations like this and others occur. It starts with ignorant words and escalates into so much more. Yes the world is full of freedom of speech but sometimes people need to keep to themselves and learn when to keep their mouth shut. The area so called labeled as “poison” had nothing to do with this or any situation that occurs in that area. “Areas” don’t take responsibility for someones actions. People are responsible for their actions. I live in the county in a very decent neighborhood and I’m sorry but there aren’t any situations that haven’t happened in my community that have happened in Cherry Hill. There is always going to be theft, shootings that result and don’t result in death, etc. around any and pretty much every corner you turn. It can happen anywhere at anytime. Society puts a label on those areas and then runs with it. Every single human being is there own person. They make who they are in this world. The community has nothing to do with their character. Regardless of where Harry lived he did not deserve to be murdered nor did his wife, family, children and friends deserve to have to deal with the pain of losing him. I knew Harry personally. We attended middle and high school together and he was a wonderful person. His personality and spirit shined on to everyone else. If you were in a bad mood and then saw or talked to Harry he made it extremely hard to leave without being cheered up. My thought and prayers go out to his wife, children, family and friends. I hope that they catch the individual/individuals that commited or participated in his murder. If anyone knows any information about this crime please come forward and talk to someone. It’s not about being a snitch because remember if it was your husband, father, brother or anyone in your family you would be praying and hoping for someone else to do the same thing!!!!

  18. kenpaugh says:

    She doesn’t seem to be to broken up about ,sounds like a hit by her BOYFRIEND.??????????????

  19. Joanne Dunlap says:

    This is tragic!! My heart goes out to all of his family and friends, and may Mr Hicks dwell in the arms of God, and Rest Peacefully…. Now as for the people who did this, just remember God is watching and you WILL have to answer for your actions oneday!! So Be Ready!!!

  20. Joanne Dunlap says:

    The comments on this topic are getting out of hand! Please, lets not judge one another and focus on the situation at hand, a life was lost!! No matter where it happened, a human life was taken!!! Things happen everywhere, no matter if you rent, or own, earn a six fugire salary or are just hardly making ends meet… It can happen to any of us!!!

    1. Crystal Mitchell says:

      I absolutely agree with you Joanne! Some people do not understand that and can not see the big picture. They have tunnel vision and that’s why there is so much ignorance in the world! Rent, own, six figure, hardly making ends meet, BLACK or WHITE! The situation at hand is that another individual in this world has had their life taken. It’s a shame and it seems as though people would rather use this as a message board to post their views towards race and certain communities. Thank you for your positive and caring comments toward the loss of Harry.

  21. LetitiaL says:

    Please remember what this topic is really about. Not one person’s comments be it negative or positive. This iis another devastating loss to the black community. A family destroyed and possibly at the hands of another black man. This conditioned self-hatred is ruining us. I don’t know what to do but something has to be done!!

  22. pooh says:

    mckernan u is trash its sad that someone lost there life and all u can do is be ignorant…disrespectful how would u like if some one killed u in front of ur kids and they talk bad about it..its people like u that need to be removed from the earth

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