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Police are looking for suspects in connection to the fatal shooting of a Baltimore teenager at an after-prom party on Friday, May 13.
Jasmine Brunson, 18, was shot and killed after 12:30 a.m. that evening while attending a “junior after-prom party” on the 1700 block of East Lafayette Avenue, according to the Baltimore Police Department.
Brunson was a student at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, as FOX45 Baltimore first reported.
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“He is a student I admire most,” Christian Miller, Brunson’s teacher, wrote on Facebook. “The example he set made him a leader in the school community.”
A GoFundMe called “Justice for Jay,” created by Jessica Hair, Brunson’s aunt, describes Brunson as a “good kid.”
“He loved boxing and dedicated most of his time after school in the gym perfecting his skill. Jay also worked at the local pool during his summer as a lifeguard. He got good grades and had a heart of gold,” the GoFundMe says. “He loved his family like none other.”
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The fundraiser’s description adds that Brunson’s family is “absolutely devastated” and “trying to raise enough money to have a proper funeral which Jay deserves.” The GoFundMe has garnered more than $13,000 as of Friday afternoon.
“I want my son back,” Brunson’s mother, Tiffany Hair, told FOX45’s Keith Daniels. “He was a great kid … stayed in the boxing ring, wanted to be a pro to take care of me and his sister.”
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The Baltimore Police Department has recorded 125 homicides so far this year as of Tuesday — a 9% increase compared to the 115 homicides recorded over the same time period last year.
There has also been a 9% increase in gun-related incidents year-over-year, with 364 recorded this year as of Tuesday compared to 329 at the same time last year.
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Robbery incidents have increased 28% year-over-year, and total crime has risen 9% since the same time period in 2021.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Metro Crime Stoppers Of Maryland at 866-756-2578.