RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (WJZ)—Murder mystery. A Baltimore County homicide is still unsolved one year later. Now the family of the man killed is taking action to help solve the case.

Mike Schuh has more.

Ernest Gales had just finished his first day of his sophomore year in college. Excited, he called his mom to come to pick her up from work.

But he first decided to stop at a McDonald’s in the 8200-block of Liberty Road to meet a group of people. After he left the restaurant, police say three people carjacked him, drove him to his nearby home and fatally shot him multiple times.

Police do not know the connection between the victim and the suspects or why that location was chosen. The victim was talking to a friend on the phone during the incident, and that friend called 911.

One year to the day after Gales’ death, his family is offering a $10,000 reward.  His mom, dad and sister plea for help.

“Our son was not involved in gangs. He was not out here robbing and hurting people. He had a full-time job that he loved. He was attending community college part-time in the evenings. And he was pursuing his dream of one day becoming a musician,” said Bernice Gales, victim’s mother.

Police consider the three men he met at McDonald’s suspects. They are looking for information on all of them. 

“No one can give us our son back. And no one can take away our pain, but what they can do is help us get justice for him, for all of us who lost and loved him,” Gales said.

A $10,000 reward has been signed over into police custody. It awaits the right tip to come forward.

Anyone with information about the identities or whereabouts of the suspects in this case is asked to call Baltimore County police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.


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