By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore father of three murdered as he tried to combat drug dealing in his neighborhood is honored so that his name will live on.

Ava-joye Burnett with more on how the community is remembering this victim of violence.

That father was shot multiple times last November, but now a new street sign will honor his memory.

Even on an overcast day, dozens made it out to honor Kendal Fenwick.

“Things that he wanted are being done, and that’s what he would want,” his father, Kevin Fenwick, said.

Fenwick, a father of three, was gunned down in his own backyard last November. Police say he was putting up a fence to keep drug dealers out.

Fenwick was one of more than 340 people killed in the city last year.

Friday was bitter and sweet, as a ceremonial street sign bearing his name — Kendal Fenwick Way — was unveiled.

Some hope this is a start that will push violence out of the Park Heights neighborhood.

“We want to send a greater message that we won’t have to put up signs like this no more, that if the community comes together, that we can make an effective change and a difference,” said Bishop Kevia Elliott, The Lord’s Church.

“People look up at that [sign] and remember his name because that’s what he stood for, that’s what he tried to do, basically singlehandedly,” said Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton.

Volunteers came in and finished up the fence that Fenwick started. The family hopes these changes are just a start of the legacy that he left behind.

“It’s a shame that I had to lose my son to get it done that way, but unfortunately, that’s what happened,” Kevin Fenwick said.

Just days after Fenwick was shot and killed, a 21-year-old was arrested and charged with his murder, thanks to tips from the community.

The man charged in connection with Fenwick’s death has a lengthy criminal record, previously facing attempted murder, assault, drugs and weapons charges.

Ava-joye Burnett


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