Baltimore families mourn 3 killed this week

BALTIMORE - A West Baltimore neighborhood Friday evening gathered to remember and mourn the two people killed by an intentional hit and run crash.

Friends, family, neighbors and the Mayor gathered for a vigil Friday at Franklin and Monore streets for 2-year-old Joshua Carter and Latoya Skipwith.

Police said Lucresha Mints, 28, hit them with her car Tuesday.

The family said Mints got out of her car with a knife, but when a few people started walking toward her, she jumped into the car, turned it in their direction and hit the accelerator.

“My heart is broken,” said Arlene Wingfield, fighting back tears. “They were like family to me too. The baby was in my house every day. I’d turn the corner and he’d see ‘Ms. Arlene when I come to your house and play with the cat.’ I loved him.

“He was like a part of the family running in and out of the house like he would his own,” she continued.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake attended the vigil to show her support.

“This is a horrific tragedy,” she said. “As a mother of a young child myself, I cannot imagine I cannot imagine the pain that these two families are going through. I’m here only to show my support and express my condolences and to let them know that everybody in this city is praying for them.

“It is a senseless tragedy and we all have to be a witness to make sure that justice is done for these families,” Rawlings-Blake continued.

In addition to a pair of first degree murder charges, Mints also faces a series of charges including attempted murder and assault.

Not far from the vigil, another Baltimore family mourned the loss of 15-year-old Oscar Torres.

The teenager was shot and killed early Monday morning on Mount Street.

Police are still searching for the gunman. This family says it want's closure for their unbearable grief.

“It’s a tragedy because you have a 15-year-old who’s dead and a family is just distraught with what’s happening and now they have to send the body back home,” Angelo Solera, a community activist, said.

There was another death in connection to this case.

Police say the car involved with the case was involved in a crash that killed 12-year-old Shanizya Taft.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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