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Teenager Fatally Shot Overnight in Salisbury


SALISBURY, Md. - WBOC reached out to Shanell Johnson, the mother of Rakim Lamont Russell, and she says her faith and family are getting her through this incredibly difficult time.

Salisbury Police are investigating the overnight murder of the teenager in the parking lot of the Americas Best Value Inn. 

Russell, 17 of Fruitland, was shot at some point late Saturday/early Sunday morning and then transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Johnson remembers how proud her youngest son made her.

"He was very loving. Always the peacemaker. Always wanted to make peace. So I'm proud to say that my son had a heart," said

Russell, who family and friends called Roc, had big dreams as an aspiring hip hop artist.

Johnson recalls the times her son told her he would take care of her once he made it to stardom.

"He said, 'what are you going to do when I get rich and famous?' I said, ''I'm going to do the same thing I'm doing.' He said, 'oh no you're not, because I'm going to take care of you,'" said Rakim's mother. 

Johnson says she quit her job of 12 years at a Wicomico County juvenile detention center in May to fully dedicate her time to Rakim as he was heading into his senior year of high school.

"And he promised me he was going to make it to that stage. So he did everything he could to get to the 12th grade," she said.

Russell had been out with friends at a party but was in the wrong place at the wrong time. As gunshots fired off at the America's Best Value Inn, Russell was caught in the crossfire.

A hotel guest and eyewitness to the crime scene is keeping the family in his thoughts.

"Only thing we can do is just pray for him and his family for the best outcome," said Willie Pritchard.

Johnson says she can hear those prayers for her son and family as they try to get through an unimaginable time.

"People come and they're going be there, but when everybody goes home, God never leaves. So that's what going to get me through. It's God. I'm counting on it," said Rakim's mother fighting back her tears. 

The teen's body was transported to the Baltimore for an autopsy.

Several witnesses said they heard four or five shots and when they went to investigate saw a body lying on the ground.

"I won't be able to sleep tonight," John, a witness said. "You know, you're talking about a human life gone [sic] laying in the street. Something you don't want to see. It's unfortunate. "

The Salisbury Police Department was assisted by members of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Delmar Police Department, Fruitland Police Department, Maryland State Police, and a K-9 Unit from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

Details are few at this point in the investigation and no suspect descriptions are available at this time.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore immediately at (410) 548-1776. Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

The investigation is ongoing.

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