BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A Coppin State University student was found dead inside the rowhome where she grew up.
Derek Valcourt has the latest on a heartbroken neighborhood and the search for a killer.
The victim apparently knew her killer, but police remain tight-lipped about the investigation.
Jhoma Blackwell, 18, was stabbed multiple times inside her family home in the 2600-block of Huntingdon Avenue. Neighbors say it was the young woman’s father who discovered his daughter’s body inside the house and called police.
The victim’s 2-year-old niece was apparently also inside when it happened.
“There was arguing in the house, but we didn’t know what was going on,” said Christina Cook, neighbor. “And my son’s girlfriend overheard some arguing when she was walking to the store and she thought it was just the mother and the father because people are always real loud. They thought that’s what it was and didn’t think nothing of it. But someone seen someone coming out of the house and was willing to work with police to investigate that.”
Just two doors down, investigators have reportedly checked a neighbor’s security cameras, which may have captured the killer leaving the crime scene.
But people still won’t release many details on the case.
“Preliminarily, we believe that this was not a random act of violence,” said Detective Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore City Police.
Neighbors say Blackwell was a straight-A student and family members tell WJZ she was studying nursing at Coppin State University.
“I hope whoever did this, they do find this person,” Cook said.
It’s a tough blow to the Remington community, which is planning a neighborhood walk Wednesday night, as they remember Blackwell.
“She’s never bothered anybody,” Cook said. “She’s like a very sweet girl, and she’s gonna be missed very, very much.”
Blackwell was a freshman at Coppin State. She graduated from high school last year.