Baltimore City and federal law enforcement officials announced Wednesday they’ve caught a suspect in the 2014 murder of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliot.
Terrell Plummer, 28, is facing a federal gun charge in connection with McKenzie’s death among other charges in a 16-count federal indictment involving an alleged drug operation operating in Waverly. Six others, who officials say are part of the “Old York Money Gang,” have also been named in the indictment.
The indictment alleges the operation began in January 2014 and that the gang committed murder, robbery, extortion, burglary and narcotics trafficking.
City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said bringing her killer to justice has “been a long time coming.”
“McKenzie Elliott should be six, today,” he said at a press conference on April 26. “She should be at school; she’s not.”
McKenzie was struck by a stray bullet while playing in her front yard during a shooting in Better Waverly on Aug. 1, 2014. Days later, at a National Night Out event in the neighborhood, then-Police Commissioner Anthony Batts promised the crowd to have someone in custody by the end of the week.
It would take nearly three years and a new police commissioner before someone would be brought to custody.
Daniel L. Board Jr., special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore Field Division, said McKenzie’s homicide should not have gone unsolved for so long.
“If we could have got more help from the public; more help from the community; even small bits of information,” he said at the news conference. “That’s the kind of help we all need in the law enforcement fight against crime.”
In spite of the amount of time it took for investigators to find a suspect, Police Commissioner Davis insisted that the investigation was always active and never turned into a cold case. U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein echoed the remarks adding that a cold case means no one is working on the investigation; noting that the case has received “constant attention” since McKenzie’s death.
Rosenstein announced the indictment hours before beginning his new role in Washington, D.C. as deputy attorney general. He said he would take the portrait of McKenzie used at the news conference with him and show it to his news boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while praising the work of Baltimore law enforcement.