BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A 19-year-old woman was killed standing outside a Waverly deli.  City leaders and grieving family members stood side-by-side to call for justice Tuesday night.

Kai Jackson has the latest on the search for suspects.

There are few words to describe the pain that Tanise Ervin’s family is feeling.  If there is one, however, it’s that this promising young woman deserves justice.

Ambitious and caring, that’s how Ervin’s parents describe their murdered daughter.

“She was an innocent soul and she didn’t see the fault in people,” said Tobby Ervin, victim’s father. “I can’t say enough of how beautiful of a soul she was.”

On Saturday night Tanise Ervin and two young men went to the corner store, just a half block from her home. All three were shot.

Ervin’s mom saw her daughter’s body.

“I knew my baby’s dead because police wouldn’t let me touch her,” said Juanita Brown, Tanise’s mother.

But police say she wasn’t the intended target.  They say she tried to get away but was caught in the crossfire and died from her injuries.

“It looks like some of the other individuals that were involved were involved in some type of altercation with the suspects,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.

The two men, ages 20 and 24, suffered non-life threatening injuries, but police say they are not cooperating.

In response to the violence, police say they’ve stepped up their patrols in the neighborhood with uniformed and undercover officers, but Ervin’s family says that’s not enough.

“Sometimes the police ain’t enough. Think the world gotta get involved,” said Brown. “I want my baby to rest and know I did all I could to find this person who did this to her.”

Ervin, a graduate of W.E.B. Du Bois, was hoping to attend Coppin State for nursing.

Her parents can only hope her death will bring attention to the growing violence.

“I want something more to be done about the senseless murders that have been taking place in Baltimore City,” said  Ervin. “She didn’t hang in the street, she wasn’t a part of any gang and she wasn’t involved in any drugs.  I want justice as any parent would want.”

A vigil was held Tuesday night.

“We’re gonna uproot this violence and get it out of this community for good,” said Mary Pat Clarke, Baltimore City Council.

Police have no suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to give them a call.

Funeral arrangements for Ervin have been made.  A viewing will be held on Friday, March 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the Weatherford Funeral Services at 2431 East Oliver Street in Baltimore.  The funeral will be held Saturday at 11:45 a.m. at New David Baptist Church of Christ at 1401 North Milton Avenue in Baltimore.

Comments (65)
  1. increase the peace says:

    Jay it sounds like Ex Baltimore has opened his eyes.

  2. Ex-Baltimore says:

    Hey, Jay Rice:
    I don’t hate myself, but love my college educated six-figure hard working, non-crimnal self. I don’t shuck and jive to no house master, you dumb field hand! If I’m so self-haiting, then why is it so perfectly Ok for Hip Hop culture to degrade black women by calling them Ho’s and B—-ch’s? Why is it ok for young black men to walk around with their pants around their knees showing off their filthy drawers? Why must black boys and girls hide if they are smart and get good grades from their black peers for fear of being accused of being and trying to act “white”? What? Only white people are supposed to get straight A’s in school and go to college and do well in life? Is this not self-hatred by our fellow blacks? Huh? talk to me field hand. What you gonna’ say now, boy? Nothing right? So go back to the fields and I’lll continue living the good life up here in the big house. Don’t stay out there too long, boy. I have cars for you to wash and shoes to shine for me, field N—rl!. Yes, I am Black!

    1. Jay Rice says:

      You make a very good Point Mr EX-Baltimore…..and yes you are very educated my issue is all the African Americans with a complaint about black youth and culture but once you have made it…you sit in your nice big house and keep all the knowledge for yourself BUT STILL COMPLAIN…hahahaha SIR. with all do respects teach youth or the struggling black community how to be successful not ridicule and pass judgment….and FIELD HAND?? i deserve that because my comment was a bit disrespectful

  3. Ex-Baltimore says:

    Whatever, Jay Rice.
    All I know is that I am so sick and tired of our peoples’ constant failures in life due to personal stupidity like being anti-intellectual, dropping out of school, and getting into criminal activity. I get so sick and tired of all the senseless Black on Black crime. I get sick of the fact that Black people do not get married anymore and just have no problem with producing all these out of wedlock Black children who will not have the privilages of White’s and Asians due to poor education and stupid anti-social conduct that leads to criminal prsosecution and priison. I used to live in the hood and have been shot at, robbed, and beaten. Every assailant against me was a Black male. I even had a violent encounter with a teenaged Blood’s gang member who attacked me, but I fought him off only to be charged myself, but got off because I have no criminal record and this kid had a long rap sheet. I’m just sick of “us”, dude. Truly sick. I do try to mentor and counsel you Black males, but I think that the Hip Hop thug rappers and thug ball players have a stronger hold than I do and I’ve just given up to just focus on me and my own family. I truly have given up hope and don’t really care about Blacks who don’t want to do better in life. Just let the prisons and undertakers handle them. I’m out of the game.

    1. Jay Rice says:

      just think….if Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, NAACP, Malcom X and the forefathers of the struggle have given up? you would still be a field hand right beside the rest of us….we are not lost we just have lost guidance and strength…..you can give up and enjoy your fruits and you have that right…But I will not …Good Luck to you SIR…….

      1. Sad but true says:

        Whoa. All of the leaders you listed never experienced the Black on Black hatred that exists today. They weren’t fighting each other (they just disagreed on methods in which to protest, etc) — and they certainly weren’t fighting over turf. They also weren’t degrading their women…and all of the other things that ex-baltimore so eloquently outlined.

        Wise up and follow his example.

  4. Kenneth Merriman says:

    You’re all idiots who will eventually kill each other. THIS is why white America does not and WILL NOT trust you. You DESTROY everything you put your hands on.

    1. Michael says:

      Sooooo you’re saying that white America is the RIGHT way to go huh??….Blacks destroy everything they put their hands on?? Typical of a White person to sweep everything under the carpet and pretend they are the victims and BLAME everyone else……smh…Well White people trust blacks enough to run this country…..and whites are becoming MINORITY hahahahahahahah

  5. more problems says:

    Omg please stop talking about race someone just lost a love one and they are trying find some answers. Its sad that people are more worried about race then concerned for this young lady that had a bright future ahead of her before someone took it away from her this was a young lady who just got off of a long shift she was hungry any decided to get something to eat! That could have been anybody how many times have we gotten off work and decided to stop else where! Come on people! My heart goes out to her family may god be with you.

  6. Baltumorebob says:

    You people make me sick there is a familay missing a loved one no matter what race she was it is truly sad how some people think we all need to open are eyes up and join hand and hand and take back ourcity and god bless ur famaily and my she rest in peace

  7. Baltumorebob says:

    Very true hardworking black man and ps I AM WHITE

  8. delores perry says:

    i hate we people get on here talking about everything that dont have nothing to do with the topic A YOUNG LADY LIFE WAS TAKING AWAY AT A VERY YOUNG AGE and everybody going at each other SHE WAS A BRIGHT YOUNG BLACK LADY WITH A FUTURE THAT WAS IN THE WRONGE PLACE AT THE WRONGE TIME MAY GOD BE WITH HERE FAMILY AND MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      Sorry but if you are young & black, being in Baltimore is always the wrong place at the wrong time. The only ones that can clean up this killing are the black people themselves. It’s your city. You have a Black mayor, a mostly black city council, a mostly black police force, teachers, what in the hell is wrong with you all? No, all you want to do is drink malt liquor, smoke dope, drive a baby Benz, have gold chains & teeth & think you’re the next Puff Daddy or Jay-Z. Sorry ass lot. Stop blaming whitey.

  9. Tiffineyreadyforachange Snowden says:

    the two men who were shot and were the intended targets should be locked up until they speak.

  10. TAY says:

    we going miss u….r.i.p

  11. Xaniaa says:

    Imm Soo Sorry 4 Yurr Loss . . .

  12. Common Sense says:

    This is truly the incorrect platuea to discuss race, economics and personal opinions of society. A young woman, what she was before all things, lost her life and we should acknowledge the loss and have respect for her soul and her family. If you are not helping the problem then frivilous commentary only aides the problem.

  13. Bones says:

    All I know is I had to purchase undergarments for my cousin, my friend, someone who was always there for me dead body…and I just can not compute that; it’s just is not registering that TANISE not here. I won’t get a text abou when we going out or updating her iPod…I’m so broken. I just believe God has her now and those at fault God has you too

  14. Latisha says:

    Tay Tay was my cousin. We will all miss you. Taken too soon to heavens steps. Bless you tay tay, you made you mama proud.

  15. fran says:

    no one wants to lose a child, regardless of the situation.this young lady had a future, therfore , all the folks that r negative about death will be taking that same road one day.Do not be so sweft about stereotyping some one life, u could be next.the devil is watching u to, be careful about words words are powerful.Your days could be number.

  16. truthteller says:

    what about all the drug dealers and gang members hanging out on PENNINGTON AVENUE?

  17. Myheartisbreaking says:

    It saddens me to see all the comments left. This child was innocent. Regardless of whether she hung on the corner, walked to the store, or whatever the case may be. That bullet was not meant for her. So many race comments are unnecessary. This should be about condolences for the family.

    As human beings we should be trying to find a way to make it right. There are so many senseless murders from all races for stupid reasons. We have all given up on each other. Moving away does not solve the problem, because believe it or not, it will follow you one way or another. Fighting about who is at fault does not solve the problem. But if each one of us mentors a child who may feel as if they don’t have hope it may. Most children have no place to go to release the energy that they have.

    My house is considered a multi-purpose center. I welcomemy childrens friends, help them with their homework, give them a shoulder to cry on, supply them with advice, and we plan things to do so they won’t have to be outdoors trying to avoid the people who try to pursuade them that doing the wrong thing is the best thing. My oldest child is 22yrs old. All of his friends that I have allowed in my home over the yrs are in college or have graduated and are doing something with themselves. I am not taking the credit, but I’d like to think that having people around to support them helped. Turning a blind eye to our children doesn’t. Because the violence that you speak of will come to you indiredtly or directly.

    To the family: I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you.

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