BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Police Department has announced the arrest of a man who they say killed the department spokesman’s brother.
Terrell Gibson, 21, has a rap sheet. He was released on probation in December, and his record includes a stabbing on a MTA bus.
In an emotional post on his Facebook page Tuesday night, spokesman T.J. Smith wrote about what it was like to be, simultaneously, the chief of communications for the police and a homicide victim’s next of kin.
“For the last couple of years, I’ve notified the public of many tragedies, mostly death, specifically homicide, related. I’ve been on crime scenes and heard the wails of family members when they discover it’s their loved one who is deceased…On Sunday evening, one of the names that came to me was way too familiar. Dionay Smith.”
Dionay Smith was a 24-year-old father of three. He was shot and killed in his home Sunday night.
The homicide was the 173rd in the city this year. Since then, the total number of 2017 murders has risen to 180.