Friends and family mourn loss of 30-year-old shooting victim

DENTON, Md. – “He was a people person,” said Tammy Brown, a Denton resident.

“Now everybody going to miss him,” said Brown, “I’m going to miss seeing his smile.”

People in Denton say 30-year-old James Wilmer left a huge hole in the community after he was killed in a shooting just days ago.

“It’s affecting a lot of people in this community and it’s not going to be the same around here no more,” said Brown.

“It’s not,” said Brown, “It’s going to be real hard for everybody around here to be able to cope with it.”

Authorities say on Wednesday the Denton Police Department got reports of an assault happening in the area of High Street and Fourth Street shortly before 6:30 PM.

But when officers arrived they found Wilmer lying in the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound.

Now they’re searching for the suspect 33-year-old Jamaine Cheers who’s been charged with murder.

Residents tell 47ABC this was a senseless killing and that they never imagined something like this would happen to their friend.

“He was the type of guy who wouldn’t really bring up his problems or anything negative,” said Terae Warner.

“He didn’t want anything negative around at all, so he just was always bringing good energy,” said Warner.

Police say Wilmer died on Thursday at a hospital.

They say they have not determined the motive behind the shooting and that they are still figuring out the relationship between Cheers and the victim.

Neighbors tell 47ABC now they are thinking about the kids Wilmer left behind.

“Nobody deserves nothing like that, especially not him because now he leaves all his babies here to have only memories of him and that’s sad,” said Brown.

Anyone who has seen Cheers or is aware of his location is urged to contact police immediately at 911 or Maryland State Police direct at 443-783-7230.

This incident is still under investigation.

Community members have also started a GoFundMe page to help the victim’s family with funeral expenses. Their goal is to raise $10,000 and so far they’ve raised more than $2,000. For a link to the GoFundMe page, click here.

The business Not a Phase Clothing will also be selling t-shirts starting this Thursday to collect money for the family. Each t-shirt is 20 dollars and for more information about these efforts contact Terae Warner via his Facebook page.

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