Baltimore woman, 52, stabbed to death while trying to help a homeless woman with a baby

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 04, 2018
09:33 A.M.

On Friday night, Maryland resident Jacquelyn Smith was stabbed to death while trying to donate money to a woman who appeared to be carrying a baby and begging for money.


The incident occurred while Smith was riding with family in the car’s passenger seat. The suspects involved ran away from the scene of the crime.

Jacquelyn Smith, 52, and her family were driving in the 1000 block of Valley Street when they saw a woman who looked like she was carrying a baby. The woman appeared to be about 20 years old, 5'4, and she was wearing a brown jacket.

She was also holding a cardboard sign that read, "Please help me feed my baby." Smith rolled down her passenger seat window to give the woman money.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. At that moment, a man who was about 30 years old, 6 feet tall with a goatee came to the car to thank the family for their help.

Instead, he reached in to grab Smith's wallet and they struggled for it. The man then stabbed the victim before he and the female suspect that was holding the sign ran away.

Patrol officers were called to a hospital at about 12:34 a.m., for a report of a walk-in stabbing victim. At the hospital, they found Smith, of Harford County, with a stab wound to her chest.


Doctor’s tried to save her, but unfortunately, she succumbed to her wounds. On Monday, the victim’s family revealed that she was an electrical engineer with the Department of Defense.

Smith's son sophomore David Hood, 19, described his mother as a strong-willed woman who taught them about the importance of generosity and family. She was in the car with her stepdaughter and her husband Keith when she was fatally stabbed.


During a phone interview, Hood added:

"I think it was a split second decision of wanting to help somebody else. She really cared for everybody. She loved everyone and was very compassionate.”

On Monday, the police went to the intersection where Smith was killed to hand out flyers and canvass the residents. Smith is survived by her husband, two sons, and her stepdaughter.

Jeremy Silbert of The Baltimore Police Department had a word of advice for residents saying:


"Always be aware of your surroundings. It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the day or the middle of the night, if you're driving, if you're walking, if you see something or someone that's suspicious, call 9-1-1, our officers work 24 hours a day.”

Homicide detectives are currently looking for the suspects. If you have any information on the case please call the Baltimore Police at (410) 396-2100 or contact the Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.


In the same city, on November 26, Tydie, a transgender woman, was found with a gunshot wound on the 2400 block of Guilford Avenue at about 4:15 a.m. She was taken to the hospital where she died from the injuries.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith said that there were reports of a loud argument before shots were fired. A dark-colored car was seen speeding from the scene.

On November 30, the Baltimore Transgender Alliance held a community vigil for the victim.

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