By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has confirmed two women killed this week in West Baltimore are mother and daughter and relatives of an indicted Black Guerilla Family member.
Chanette Neal, 43, and Justice Allen, 21, were found in their home April 4 in the unit block of Gorman Ave., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police say they were dispatched just after 11:49 a.m. for a report of gunfire.
Upon discovering the women, officers immediately transported both victims to area hospitals; Neal was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and her daughter was taken to Bon Secours Hospital.
Both women were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Police say several men forced their way inside the home and opened fire and now police are looking for answers. According to police officials, the women were targeted.
“We have bad guys who targeted this house for a specific reason. Unfortunately, we have two victims as a result. We are trying to figure out who is responsible,” said Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith.
Police wouldn’t confirm or deny if this was a gang related murder.
“We’re dealing with the same people over and over again,” said Smith. “Some days you’re a victim, some days you’re a suspect. So, our investigators are looking at all angles of this. Other relatives who were involved in illegal, illicit activities—that’s part of it.”
Smith said Neal was the mother of Antoine Benjamin, one of seven men indicted last year as members of the Black Guerilla Family gang.
Benjamin is set to go to trial April 9 for the alleged murder of a federal informant.
“Is it related? The possibility exists but we don’t know that,” Smith said.
Benjamin was informed of his mother and sister’s murder in prison.
A Facebook profile for Chanette Neal revealed that she studied at Coppin State University and worked at DHL Express delivery service.
A woman that identified herself as the mother of Justice’s nephew said that she “woke up numb” and has made several post about the murders.
“I hate that my baby is calling for his Aunt Justice And mama Netta all day and he has no idea what will we tell him he’s only Two what do we tell him?” posted the woman via Facebook.
BPD is urging anyone with information to call them at 410-396-2100
Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip-line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.