Father speaks out after roommate kills son

Posted at 11:33 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 23:51:20-05

BALTIMORE — The last thing James Drummond and his son Isaiah talked about was how he couldn't reach his roommate who was supposed to give him a ride home from work.

When Isaiah stopped answering his phone and didn't call his six year old son that night-- the family started to worry.

“When we didn’t receive these text messages and phone calls from him it became alarming,” James said. “I spoke to Isiah on the 22nd. His mother spoke to him on the 22nd when he was at work and that was the last time we spoke to him. Until she called and said have you spoken to Isiah and I was like no.”

They knew he wouldn't just leave so they started searching.

The family did everything they could, reaching out to WMAR-2, handing out fliers, and calling all his friends.

After weeks police let the family go into James’ apartment when they immediately noticed something wasn’t right.

Baltimore City Police found signs of foul play, tracked down his roommate Epenetus Henriques and brought him in for questioning.

He admitted to stabbing Drummond and led them to where he dumped his body.

“To find out what he did with him. How he discarded him. How he placed him where did or the things he did to him. It seemed like it brought more insult to injury.”

They grew up in the same Brooklyn community.

“They went to school together, they went to prom together. It’s kind of a shock for the family that it’s this close. They considered themselves to be brothers.”

Now a six-year-old son will grow up without his father.

“Yesterday we spent time with him and he said I’m happy and I’m sad. I said to him why are you sad? And he said because my dad’s dead. I asked what does that mean? He simply said j won’t be able to see him anymore.”

The family is having a candlelight vigil Saturday at 3:30 at 101 Reedbird Avenue.

There will be a memorial for him on the 20th.