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Questions surrounding murders of 2 Baltimore mothers over the weekend

Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 17:07:31-05

BALTIMORE — As memorials for weekend shooting victims grow, so too are the questions surrounding the motives for the murders as police offer no updates in the cases.

Two of the murder victims were loving mothers, shot in the head while they were at work.

"It's unbelievable that some evil soul would do something like this," said victim Destiny Harrison's uncle Dewine McQueen.

Days later, with little information released, family and friends are trying to figure out why.

A family friend of 36-year-old Carmen Rodriguez, who was killed at her family's deli Sunday night, believes it may have been a robbery gone wrong.

MORE: Woman shot in the head in front of her children while working at family deli

"In cold blood, some random guy just walked in, robbed her and shot her in the head," said Nidal Alshalabi.

Friends of 21-year-old Destiny Harrison, shot in the head at her SE beauty salon 24 hours earlier, are wondering if she was killed out of retaliation.

The new mother and beloved business owner wrote in court documents that she was attacked in her salon just 12 days before her murder, when she walked in on a burglary in progress. She filed charged against the couple, who lived near the shop.

MORE: Court documents reveal salon owner Destiny Harrison feared for safety before her murder

Baltimore Police said these homicide investigations are still open and ongoing and could not provide updates for either when asked about motives, suspects, or a narrative on Tuesday. Officials instead directed WMAR-2 News towards interviews police officers gave Sunday and Monday, pleading for the community's help to solve these crimes.

"We need everyone to step up and help us get information about what's happening out here on our streets. Our detectives are working diligently," said Col. Sheree Briscoe.

"The suspects are brazen and so until they stop being so brazen and being willing to go out and commit the acts, we're just going to go out there and continue to do our job to prevent them and try to make the arrests after the incidents occur," said Col. Rich Worley.

Police said there were other people inside MadamD Beauty bar when Harrison was murdered.

"Somebody gotta know something. Please come forward. We need to get these demonic souls here. They need to pay for their crime. There's no doubt about that, in the name of Jesus, there's no doubt," said McQueen.

Mayor Jack Young said Monday that the city needs to change its no-snitching culture and when asked about the fear of retaliation he said:

"People come forward all the time. No one has retaliated against those who have come forth so far, so if we get everyone to do that then we can have a safer city," said Young.

338 people were murdered in Baltimore so far this year, compared to 304 this time last year. That's an 11 percent increase. There has also been a 15 percent increase in non-fatal shootings.

If you have information about any of these crimes, call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.