Police identify suspect, one victim in murder-suicide spanning Balto. City, Howard Co.

Maryland police named the suspect and one of the victims in the domestic, double murder-suicide that spanned from Baltimore City to Howard County and left three people dead on Saturday.

Police say Rajaee Black, 44, of the 7600 block of Ironworks Way in Hanover, killed his ex-wife and girlfriend.

Baltimore police haven’t named the victim in the city; Howard County police identified Wendy Natalie Black, 42, as Black’s ex-wife who he shot and killed.

The Blacks’ two young children were found in Rajaee’s gray BMW X3 outside of the apartment where he shot Wendy. Police say the children were unharmed and are in a safe environment; they aren’t releasing details about the children for their privacy.

The first murder happened in Baltimore City. A 41-year-old woman was found shot at a home on the 1500 block of Marshall Street just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the scene.



Around 30 minutes later, Howard County police responded to a call of shots fired in the 7300 block of Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Officers found the bodies of Black and his ex-wife at her apartment complex.

“We believe the suspect came to the area, sought out the female victim, shot and killed her, and then shot and killed himself,” said Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn at a Saturday evening news conference.

Before the Howard County murder-suicide, Rajaee uploaded a video to social media in which he discussed killing his girlfriend and his plans to also kill his ex-wife, according to police.

“There was a post on social media that indicated the suspect’s intention to come to Howard County,“ Llewelyn said.

Howard County law enforcement were notified by Baltimore police of the video 15 minutes after Howard officers received the call reporting the murder-suicide.

“By then, both the victim and the suspect were already deceased,” said Llewelyn.

Baltimore police said they received information from social media “in real-time,” but would not confirm if the suspect was livestreaming or uploaded a prerecorded video.

WTOP’s Jessica Kronzer contributed to this report. 

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Michelle Murillo

Michelle Murillo has been a part of the WTOP family since 2014. She started her career in Central Florida before working in radio in New York City and Philadelphia.

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