BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mourners gathered Saturday night for a vigil for the victims of the deadly explosion that damaged hundreds of homes in northwest Baltimore nearly a week ago.

Dozens of people showed up in the 1000 block of North Woodington Road where 20-year-old Joseph Graham lived, miles from the rubble that still sits scattered in the Labyrinth Road neighborhood.

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The blast killed Graham, a student at Morgan State University, and 61-year-old Lonnie Herriott, injured seven other people and leveled three homes. Nearly 200 homes saw some kind of damage.

“(He was an) upstanding guy. Everybody is out here because he touched everybody’s heart,” his aunt Danielle Levy said.

Family members and friends said he was a smart, talented man who was positive and motivational. He had dreams of opening a restaurant and had his own clothing line.

His family said they will keep running that clothing line in his name.

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“The good ones always go too soon,” his aunt Tia Levy said.


BGE officials said crews have analyzed gas mains, service pipes and meters in the area but found no problems with its equipment. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Joseph Graham (left) and Lonnie Herriott (right). Photos contributed.

“It is being led by the Baltimore Fire Department, but we are very much partnering with them and we will do whatever is needed and whatever we can to aid in the investigation,” BGE CEO Carim Khouzami said.

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Volunteers are set to comb through the debris on Sunday afternoon.

Stetson Miller