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Baltimore's top cop expressed outrage Tuesday over the killing of a young father of three "doing all the right things," calling his murder an execution.
Community activist and truck driver Kendal Fenwick, 24, was shot dead shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Monday while retrieving something from his car, NBC affiliate WBAL reported.
It was the city's 295th homicide in 2015. Baltimore is on pace to top 300 homicides this year, a mark not reached since 1999, The Baltimore Sun reported.
"To flat out execute a 24-year-old young man who was raising by himself three children in this home, who was doing everything he can to eradicate this community of drugs ... to see him executed, it's disgusting," Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.
Neighbors described Fenwick as a respected family man. "He always was with his children and his family," neighbor Tamyra Garris told WBAL.
Baltimore Police Director T.J. Smith told reporters it appeared Fenwick ran away from the house "to protect his children is what we believe ... and that's what makes this more egregious."
The police commissioner told reporters Fenwick was "doing what we ask people to do in this city, to raise his family the right way, to set an example for his neighbors, to work with public safety, to help us eradicate these things that detract from our quality of life. He was doing all the right things."
David added: "His life was snatched away from him just like that by some little punk with a gun."