Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An emotional plea in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood to catch the shooter who killed a local artist and critically wounded a respected community leader. Neighbors and police came out in droves to mourn the victims and help solve the crime.
Kai Jackson has the latest.
It was a show of solidarity as a community comes together to pray and seek justice.
It looked like the entire community had gathered in the heart of Mt. Vernon Tuesday.
“I just felt it was important to come out and show my support to the family. I do know Larry and we’re pulling for him,” said Cami Walker.
They came to support the family of 40-year-old Alex Ulrich, who was shot and killed on Friday in Mt. Vernon and his friend, Larry Peterson, who was shot and survived. It happened early Friday morning outside of Peterson’s house on East Chase Street. Peterson, 56, is a community activist and affectionately known as the mayor of Mt. Vernon.
Baltimore police say they don’t have a great deal of information about the murder and shooting that happened on Friday and what they do know, they’re keeping close to the vest. Detectives are hoping the public will provide some help.
“We don’t know of a motive. The robbery term has been thrown around but one, without any concrete witnesses or without being able to speak to one of the victims, we just don’t know,” said Detective Donny Moses, Baltimore City Police.
“The police department knows what they’re doing. They are the ones who can make those decisions on whether or not that one little piece of information you have could very well be the key to cracking this case. We don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” said Mary Ulrich, Alex’s mother.
Ulrich was a photographer, originally from Smithsburg in Washington County. He moved to Baltimore in April and friends say he was a special person.
“I worked with Alex when he worked at Hoffman Homes,” said Shirley Baer. “He was a great guy. I mean, we laughed. He taught me what I needed to know there.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police.