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Residents of senior apartments outraged over security after 76-year-old man stabbed to death

Posted at 10:04 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 23:18:21-05

BALTIMORE — The people who knew Richard Abraham Diggs would tell you he would do anything for anybody.

“He say a friend in man is a friend indeed,” His friend of 50 years Freddie Phillips said.

Every day he sat in a chair at the door of the Coleman Manor Senior Living apartments to say hi and watch over things.

On Tuesday he wasn’t there, and when police found him, he was already dead, stabbed several times and left in his apartment.

“I was shocked, we never had nothing like that in here before,” Phillips said.

They call themselves a family at Coleman Manor, and they are frustrated someone was easily able to get inside and kill Diggs.

“Anybody can walk in here they stay open for at least 30 second,” Phillips said. “If you come in someone can follow right behind you.”

Darlene Mitchell is frustrated that schools and government buildings have security-- and here they only have someone watching the doors on the weekends.

“Greenmount Avenue they have security they rough areas,” she said. “If This is a rough area we definitely need security as seniors.”

Community Activist Kenny Eebron came to the apartments to talk to people and see how they were doing.

He said the senior citizens in Baltimore feel like prisoners in their own homes because of crimes like this.

“That’s something that we’re dealing with with 18-year-old's, 17-year-old's who doesn’t get the opportunity to see 20 years old and life,” Eebron said. “This person 76-years-old and killed just like they killing folks here on the streets.”

Police haven't released any information on a possible motive or suspect.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.