BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A vigil was held Monday night for a man who lost his life in a Baltimore City carjacking.
A 16-year-old boy is now charged with murder, as the search is on for the two young suspects also wanted in connection to the incident in southeast Baltimore.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Arrested For Murder In Fabian Mendez's Fatal Carjacking
Fabian Mendez’s killing was the second in less than a week in the neighborhood and the community is calling for change.
Dozens of Baltimore Highlands community members joined by Councilmember Zeke Cohen and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott went marching through South Conkling Street, calling for an end to the growing violence.
“A violent act perpetrated against one of us is violence against all of us,” Cohen said.
On Monday evening, the community vigil was held at the Conkling Street Garden in southeast Baltimore to honor the victims of recent violence.
Mendez, 41, who police said was killed last Friday when he was struck with his own vehicle after he was carjacked by three teenagers.
Officials say a 16-year-old boy is in custody and charged with murder for the fatal carjacking on North Conkling Street, while police continue searching for the two to her suspects.
“It’s a very difficult time I have to come to Baltimore because of what happened to my brother,” said Ms. Mendez, sister of Fabian Mendez.
Through a translator, Mendez’s sister spoke at the vigil.READ MORE: 41-Year-Old Man Killed After Carjacking In SE Baltimore Early Friday, 16-Year-Old In Custody
“He was a good person- he worked very hard to take care of our families,” she said.
Thirty-year-old Marcus Wilson, who was fatally stabbed in this neighborhood last Monday was also honored at the vigil.
Councilmember Cohen spoke to the neighborhood about the recent violence plaguing this area.
“The murder of Marcus Fabian and several of our neighbors cannot be normalized or accepted,” Cohen said.
Mayor Brandon Scott vowed a violence prevention plan in the city is underway.
“We must address this epidemic of gun violence,” Scott said.
“The only path forward is for us to unite like never before,” Cohen said.
Again, both cases are still under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Baltimore Police or Metro Crime Stoppers.