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Murder arrest made after man was killed, set on fire

Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 17:24:05-04

In the early morning hours of February 27th, firefighters discovered the burning body of Shamar Poole inside a home in the 1200 block of East Belvedere Avenue.
The victim's sister, Monique Lofton, learned of his death when she came upon the fire scene after searching the neighborhood for her brother.

"I went out looking for him,” Lofton told us the following day, “I went to Glenhaven.  I think that's the name of the street and they said he walked in the house and he never came back so I went on Glenhaven and I'm walking around and I'm looking for him.  I'm looking for him.  We're not from that side of town."
And it was in a home in the 1200 block of Glenhaven Road where police now believe 39-year-old Anthony Ray Alston killed Poole before dumping his body a few blocks away and trying to incinerate it.

"You're the first one that told me that there has been an arrest," said Poole's uncle, Michael Gales, Sr. when we showed up today at the family’s home in West Baltimore, "Well, that will bring some closure that there has been an arrest, but we just have to wait and see what the next step is, but right now... his mother... that's why I'm here now.  His mother... it's hard coping with the whole situation you know."
A situation, which not only cost Poole his life, but also carried a level of degradation that no one close to him could ever forget.

"For somebody to burn him.  Stuff like that?  You can shoot him.  I can bring that back home to my mother, but I can't bring back home a burnt body," said Lofton.

An autopsy showed Poole had died from blunt force trauma, and because of his sheer size as a rather large man, his family suspects someone else must have been involved in disposing of his body.