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Baltimore’s First Murders Of 2014: Father & Son Gunned Down In Broad Daylight

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Double murder! A father and his son are dead after a gunman opened fire on them, shooting them multiple times. A relative says her brother had been stabbed the night before his death.

Rochelle Ritchie spoke with the relative Thursday afternoon.

The eldest victim’s sister told WJZ that someone was after him, but she doesn’t know why anyone would want to kill her brother and nephew.

Just one day after fireworks sounded throughout the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood in celebration of New Year’s Eve, gunshots rang out and took the lives of two men.

“One of the victims was shot in the head, the other was shot multiple times,” said Det. Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore City Police.

It’s the first set of murders this year.

The father and son were walking on the sidewalk New Year’s Day when they were gunned down in the middle of the afternoon at the corner of Normandy and Edmondson.

“I saw two bodies laying on the ground, and I shook my head and went in the house,” said Thomas Jones, neighbor.

The victims, 48-year-old Frank Anthony Turner and his 21-year-old son, Anthony Dionne Turner, died at the hospital 15 minutes apart.

“That was my best friend. He was a good brother. He didn’t hurt anybody. I don’t understand why they would do that to him or my nephew,” said Rhonda Turner, victim’s sister.

Rhonda Turner tells WJZ she believes someone had been after her brother for a while.

“He got banked the night before by the same people,” she said. “Three guys jumped him and stabbed him in the back.”

This father and son murder happened directly across the street from where we are told the victim lived with his girlfriend. A police camera near the scene may lead to a suspect.

Neighbors who heard the gunshots are stunned at the boldness of the gunman but not surprised by the violence.

“New Year’s Day always start on the wrong foot always,” said Charles Dixon, neighbor.

A friend of the family says the 48-year-old dad was the nicest guy in the neighborhood and can’t imagine what could have been so bad his life was taken.

“It’s like my child is dead. I don’t want to talk about it,” Rhonda Turner said.

No arrests have been made and police have not released a description of the suspects.

If you have any information, call Baltimore City Police. You can remain anonymous.

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