Community reacts to arrests made in Federal Hill homicide case

Posted at 11:31 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 23:33:01-04

Family and friends of one of Baltimore's most recent murder victims say they are one step closer to justice. The man accused of killing Timothy Moriconi is behind bars.

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Just a week ago Moriconi was shot and killed in a Federal Hill neighborhood.  Those that knew him are hoping for justice.

"I hope it provides for his family a little bit of closure to see justice served."

Robert Woods is a friend of Moriconi's.  

"We kind of clicked right away.  Very friendly to everybody."

Deandre Sleet is charged with first and second degree murder in the killing of Moriconi.  He was murdered in the 1200 block of Riverside Avenue last Thursday.

"I'm hoping to see justice served for him and his family for their sake," Woods said.

Kiara Wesley is charged with a gun violation. Detectives say sleet shot Moriconi and she drove the getaway car.   

"I know him from around the community.  He was a really good guy and it's such a shame to see somebody go like that," said Federal Hill resident, Brittney Turner.

Police tell us the suspects are also connected to robberies in the area. Surveillance video from residents in the area helped break the case. 

"I'm very happy that the community came together and were able to help the police," said Turner.

Tony Graziano is a bartender at  One Star Country Club, a popular Federal Hill bar.  He told WMAR 2 News that he saw Moriconi often. 

"Federal Hill is such a small town community for them to all come down and come together.  They came out to support him, his family.  I think that this really does help raise the community spirit a little bit."

Police say the suspects did not know Moriconi and were trying to rob him.