Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Panic near the parade route. A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death just blocks from the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory party. Now, six months later, another teen is arrested and charged in the murder.
Meghan McCorkell spoke with the victim’s family.
De’ontae Smith’s mother says while she is relieved that her son’s killer is caught, it will never bring back her child.
Investigators say Nazir Williams, 16, is the teen seen on surveillance video in a purple sweatshirt, stabbing 15-year-old De’ontae Smith to death.
“There’s nothing that’s going to make me feel better, but it is a relief. A little relief,” said Smith’s mother, Chevita Bumbrey.
She got the call from police Tuesday morning telling her about the arrest. She says she’s still haunted by her son’s death.
“I still think I hear his voice. I still think I see him walking down the streets and I’ve got to tap myself, like that’s not him,” Bumbrey said.
Frantic calls poured in to 911 Feb. 5, seconds after Smith was stabbed just three blocks from the parade route. Investigators say Williams and Smith were involved in a large fight with multiple teenagers outside a McDonald’s. Citiwatch cameras captured the violence on tape and police have been searching for the killer ever since.
“We’ve been relentlessly working that investigation and I’m very happy to say today we’re bringing some closure to the family in that incident,” said Deputy Commissioner John Skinner.
Bumbrey says she still has so many questions.
“I really want to know does he have remorse? Does he feel sorry for what he did?” she said.
Those are answers she hopes to hear in court as she fights for justice for her son.
Williams is now charged as an adult with murder.
Two other teens were also stabbed in the fight, but survived.