ABERDEEN, Md. — The call came in for a person with a cardiac arrest at the Rancho Estates on Wednesday, but it didn’t take long for residents to figure out it was far more than a heart attack.
Inside a mobile home, police found the body of a 20-year-old woman, identified as Kayla Hamilton, who was found murdered on East Inca Street near Apache Drive.
It was Aberdeen's first homicide of the year.
“I actually saw the ambulance and the fire truck come in with the police following them and it was crazy,” said resident Bob Riley. “Cops all night.”
The body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy to help determine her cause of death.
A man who emerged from the trailer, but did not want to be identified, told WMAR-2 News he lives there along with his young son, and a couple rented a different room.
He went on to say that he returned home from work on Wednesday and a tenant stepped out of a room and said some had killed his girlfriend.
That’s far more than police are saying for now.
“I can’t go into it specifically, but there were signs of trauma that need to be evaluated,” said Aberdeen Police Lt. C. William Rieber. “The information we received preliminary is the individual was new to Aberdeen and was a resident."
The murder not only represents Aberdeen’s first homicide of the year, but also its first since 2016, and residents are left wondering whether the woman’s killer remains at large.
“Well, they took one out so hopefully that was him,” said Riley.
Hamilton's family has since created a GoFundMe page. They've raised over $3,000 so far.
Aberdeen Police are also investigating another shooting, that happened overnight Thursday, where a 20-year-old man was found lying along on Aberdeen Avenue.
The victim was flown to an area trauma center where he is currently stable. In that case, police have arrested and charged 24-year-old Anthony Jai Wilson. No motive was revealed.