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13-year-old dead after being shot in Baltimore on Halloween

Posted at 8:23 AM, Nov 01, 2018

As customary in Baltimore, the mylar balloons mark the spot, tied to a fence around the Royal Farms at Hollins Ferry Road and Patapsco Avenue.

There is where Montrell Mouzon took his last breaths after just 13 years.

"I saw that little boy laying out there,” nearby worker Jennifer Gammon said, “I didn't know at the time that he was a little boy, but I saw it. And as soon as I woke up this morning and found out that he had passed, I just knew that we had to do something."

Gammon is a mother of two.

The manager of Pizza Pleasers across the street, she didn't know the boy but knew the pain; the pain of a fellow mother, the pain of Mouzon's grandmother.

It's why Gammon set up a donation jar in her restaurant.

Family friend Sherry Moore shared pictures of the teen.

With a big smile and a baby face, Moore says she couldn't believe how it could have happened.

"He was a sweet heart,” Moore said, “They tell me he was a sweet heart. It is a shame before God and heaven. I have a grandson, 14 years old and it is just a shame. Such a shame."

Baltimore Police have no leads just yet.

Drugs were found, Mouzon was in a car stolen from Federal Hill days earlier but still, someone opened fire, ending a life barely started.

It is the trauma of it all that stains this community, compelling people like Gammon to do something.

She knows her donation jar probably can’t do much, but it's something in a city she, and many others around here feel, isn’t doing enough.

"I mean it is not a big thing. I don't have a thousand dollars or two thousand dollars to say here, ya know, take care of your baby, but it’s the least that we can do."

Meanwhile, the city police department remains without a leader.

After promising a pick by Halloween, Mayor Catherine Pugh failed to name a successor for Darryl De Sousa.

For nearly 6 months now, Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle has been at the helm but last month he said he no longer wants the permanent gig.

Still, the violence continues, Mouzon is the 71st murder victim in just two months.

Details surrounding the shooting are still unclear, but if you have any information police want you to contact their Homicide detectives, at 410-396-2100. 

Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP. You can also submit a tip by texting 443-902-4824.