Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—There’s a vital new clue in a high-profile murder case that rocked a Northeast Baltimore community. A researcher for the National Institutes of Health was gunned down just steps from his front door.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest information that could crack the case.
Police have uncovered surveillance footage of two men running from the murder scene. Those men are now being called persons of interest.
Two men were seen running in an alley behind Chesterfield Avenue. The image was taken seconds after Dr. Peter Marvit, 51, was gunned down. The NIH researcher was returning to his home from a choir practice on Sept. 17 when he was shot multiple times.
It’s a crime that’s enraged his Belair-Edison neighborhood.
“Absolutely outraged. This is a beautiful community with lovely people who work hard every day and this gentleman did not deserve this,” said Bonnie Erickson.
Now police hope the surveillance pictures could crack the case. It was a security camera mounted on the outside of a nearby home that captured the images of the two men.
“Right now, these are persons of interest. We just wanted to get them ID’d. If you have any information on their names, where they live, anything at all, please contact homicide detectives,” said Baltimore City Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.
The shooting happened so close to Marvit’s home, family members heard the gunshots.
Friends say the prominent researcher dedicated his life to helping others.
“Peter was all about research that helped people. He was all about music that ennobled people. He was all about putting people in the proximity of great beauty,” said Tom Hall, Marvit’s friend.
Police have increased patrols here.
“Homicide detectives have been working on this case since it happened back in September. They have been following up on some leads,” Silbert said.
Now they hope this is the clue that leads to an arrest.
Investigators believe the gunmen were trying to rob Marvit when the shooting happened.
Anyone with information on the identity of the pictured individuals is asked to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Callers may remain anonymous.