Baltimore violence hits close to home for police Chief T.J. Smith

Dion Smith, 24, shot in apartment
Violence hits close to home for police chief
Posted at 9:36 PM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 06:52:42-04

Baltimore Police spokesman Chief T.J. Smith acknowledged on social media Tuesday night that his brother was Baltimore’s 173rd homicide victim over the weekend.

Smith held a press conference on the incident Wednesday afternoon:

He shared in a Facebook post how he broke the news to his family:

I've made more than my share of death notifications over the course of my career, but now, it was personal. I arrived and shared the terrible news. A coward with a gun, entered my brother's apartment and shot and killed him.

Dionay Smith, 24, was shot and killed on July 2 in the 1400 block of Argyle Avenue.

Smith said his brother was a “good kid,” who worked two jobs and volunteered with children. “To many, he will be #173, but to me and my family, he's Dion, a brother, a son, a father, a friend, a nephew, and a kind soul.”

Watch surveillance footage below:


Police released surveillance video of two persons of interest and are asking anyone with information to call detectives at 410-396-2100.