An estimated 200,000 Baltimore Ravens’ fans filled downtown Charm City yesterday for the Ravens’ Super Bowl Victory Parade. Although 80,000+ fans filled the Ravens’ stadium to its capacity and tens of thousands more lined the parade route from City Hall to M&T Bank Stadium, a fatal tragedy of violence found its way into the celebration.
An altercation broke out between assailants and three teenage victims in downtown Baltimore not far from the stadium. Three teenagers were stabbed; and one teen is dead according to The Baltimore Sun.
The three stabbing victims were all 15- and 16-year-olds. Today, Capt. Stanley of the Baltimore Police Department identified the 15-year-old victim who died as Brandford Deontae Smith.
… detectives believe that victim Deontae Smith had been at the parade. He said the incident may have begun with an earlier fight at Harborplace Gallery, on the parade route.
Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore police spokesman said that:
… the stabbing occurred around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Howard and West Fayette Streets.
He said one of the three victims, a juvenile, went into cardiac arrest and was rushed into surgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where the youth died.
The second stabbing victim was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and is listed in critical condition. According to the police, the third stabbing victim is expected to survive.
According to Guglielmi:
"The victims knew their attackers. We believe this stemmed from a dispute. At this point, there is no information to suggest that these individuals were involved or came here for the Ravens victory celebration. We're still trying to parse out all of those details."
Guglielmi also said that a thorough review of all surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the stabbings is underway and that the police already have some “optimistic leads.”
There were no other incidents of violence reported during the Feb. 5 Baltimore Ravens’ celebration.
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