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Sheriff: Wednesday night murder in Edgewood not believed to be random

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-10 20:08:52-04

EDGEWOOD, Md. — She moved to an apartment on Edgewood Road six months ago, but it was Asyiah Ward’s time in Baltimore, which taught her to recognize gunfire when she hears it.

“At first, I heard like miscellaneous. It was like one or to shots so I was like, ‘Okay’, you know, because you hear stuff like that all the time. I was like, “Maybe somebody’s playing around’, but then it was consistent, like ‘Pow! Pow! Pow!’ and it was like, ‘Oh no. Somebody’s getting hurt.’”

Deputies responding to a 911 call for a shooting arrived in front of the apartment complex within a matter of minutes.

“They came across an adult male, his name is Jarmil Stewart, lying in the grass there in the 6200 block suffering from a gunshot wound,” said Col. William Davis of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. “They immediately started rescue efforts at the time and then the medics showed up later and they assumed those efforts. However, they were unsuccessful and Mr. Stewart then died.”

At this point, police are releasing little information about the county’s first homicide of the year, except to say it appears a dispute resulted in gunfire claiming 20-year-old Stewart’s life.

As for Ward, who moved here to get away from the violence in Baltimore...

“I think I’m escaping something? No, and I see sheriff’s deputies and stuff every morning about to search somebody… whatever type of situation it is,” said Ward. “I thought I was escaping something, but they’ve got the issue out here as well. Definitely.”

If you have any information, which could help investigators, you’re asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.