GLEN BURNIE, Md. - A Baltimore city firefighter and paramedic and his 26-year-old girlfriend were shot and killed in his home early Sunday morning. The shooter, Baltimore City Police Officer Christopher Robinson, turned the gun on himself after shooting the young couple.
Family and friends are remembering 27-year-old Andrew Hoffman and 26-year-old Marie Hartman as "wonderful" people. Anne Arundel County Police say the couple was shot and killed in Hoffman's home around 1:30 Sunday morning; by Sunday evening more than 100 people filled the street lighting candles in their memory.
Monday, candles still flickered outside of Hoffman's Glen Burnie home. The story of the young couple has spread throughout the community, and now a local man says he wants to help.
"I feel sorry for them. You know what I mean? It's like tragedy. There's too much of that in this world today," said Gary Ward, who grew up down the street from where the shooting happened.
He wants to help in any way he can.
"I'm getting cremated when I die and I have two plots I'd like to donate to them," he says. "I can do it, if they want to be buried together."
ABC2 took the story to Hartman's family.
"It has touched my heart," said Pamela Chaney, Hartman's mother. "To know that someone out there watching, this story has touched them. And to give up two burial plots, so Marie and Andy can be together."
"It's phenomenal," Hartman's father, Edward, said. "And to that we can't thank him enough. How can you?"
It's a gesture that the family says won't go unnoticed.
"To the gentleman who wants to donate the plots, we can't thank you enough," Edward Chaney said. "It's an act of so much kindness. God is in his heart."
The family said they aren't yet certain of the burial plans, but say even just the gesture reminds them that they are surrounded by caring people.
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