BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Services for Jose “Oscar” Hidalgo Romero were held in Edgewood Friday evening. It was one of several gatherings held Friday night to remember all the victims of the deadly massacre.
Still, two of the victims continue fighting for their lives at Maryland Shock Trauma. The shots that took Romero’s life and two others were a scene no one inside the Edgewood church ever hoped to witness.
Slowly and carefully the casket carrying the body of Jose “Oscar” Hidalgo Romero was brought into the Church Hall.
Among the mourners, Romero’s co-workers and family and friends.
“There’s nothing I can say that was wrong with the man. He was a blessing and to see this happen… you know it’s sad,” says Pastor Roberto Martinez with Edgewood Assembly of God.
“Man of God, humble man, he’ll give his shirt off to anybody in need,” says Pastor Martinez, who knew Romero well.
Romero was one of three victims authorities say was killed in cold blood by disgruntled employee Radee Prince at the granite company where they all worked.
Newly-released radio calls from first responders are offering new insight in the chaotic scene.
Responder: “Dispatch we have multiple witnesses saying that it’s a shooter at the Granite place.”
Responder: “Someone ran into the Holiday Inn Express and said someone’s dead. So it’s possible suspect at Holiday Inn.”
Midday Friday employees and the family members of the other victims of shooting gathered at the company for a private vigil
A close friend of victim, Enis Mvorljak asked not to identified when he spoke to WJZ.
“Just outgoing guy, great guy big smile on his face, never angry.”
The daughter of Bayarsaikhan Tudev also speaking after learning that her father’s life was tragically cut short.
“He was a very friendly, soft-hearted, you know very easy going guy,” says Suvd Bayarsaikhan.
The photo below is of Tudev and his wife on an outing to a sunflower field this past Sunday.
While the community finds some strength in putting one victim to rest, they know there are at least two more funeral services on the horizon, in the sad reality on this community’s road to recovery.
“Everybody has pulled through there’s no language barriers, English speaking, Spanish speaking — we all have united together as a church as a body of Christ to come together in this time of morning,” says Pastor Martinez.
Romero leaves behind a wife and child who remain in El Salvador. He also has two brothers who live in Maryland. At last check, the two other victims of the shooting remain in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma.