Vigil held for Federal Hill murder victim

Vigil held for Federal Hill murder victim

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A neighborhood is mourning in Federal Hill, where friends gathered to remember Timothy Moriconi. Someone shot and killed him outside of his home.

Baltimore police say they don’t have a motive in this killing and the shooter is still on the loose. But Friday night, loved ones focused on the victim.

They gathered on Riverside Avenue near Gittings Street for a candlelight vigil. The shooting happened Thursday night in the shadows of where the candles burned Friday.

"I keep hearing the word heartache over and over. Heartache for Tim, for his family, for his loss of life so early and heartache for our neighborhood," said Joy McPeters, a neighbor.

Investigators say Moriconi was walking home from a relative’s home in the area when someone shot him. Mike Jones was Moriconi’s roommate.

"He made an impression on people, he really did. I know he made a heck of an impression on me as well... and we're all going to miss him very much," said Jones.

As they stood to remember Moriconi, neighbors expressed sadness. But there was anger, too. Some of them blamed the fatal shooting on what they call the lack of police patrols in the area.

"Well, I blame the person who decided to pull out the gun and used this gun to shoot Timothy, that's who I blame. We deploy our resources and we know we can't be on every street in Baltimore," said T.J. Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s Chief Spokesman.

"It's very hard to probably be everywhere, but I think we definitely feel like we don't feel safe here in our neighborhood," said McPeters.

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