By Sean Yoes
AFRO Baltimore Editor

On July 28, Calvin Boyd was killed while doing what he loved to do the most; work on automobiles. Boyd, 46, known as “Bear” to the ones that loved him was working on cars in the parking lot of the Advanced Auto Parts store in the 4600 block of Edmondson Ave.,  around 5:42 p.m. when according to homicide detectives he was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant. He was later pronounced dead on the scene by medics.

“He was a mechanic and that’s what he did, he worked on cars, that’s what he loved,” Boyd’s wife Sharmila Boyd told the AFRO.  Calvin Boyd not only worked on cars as a hobby, but he was also employed full-time by the MTA as a diesel mechanic.  “He bought cars just to work on them…when somebody called him to come fix it, he was on his way. That was his passion,” added Sharmila Boyd, known by her husband and others as “Boomer.” She said she believes her husband’s killing may have been sparked by a dispute over a parking space.

Sharmila and Calvin Boyd. (Courtesy Photo)

“From what I hear…someone was parked in the spot where he works on cars and he asked them to move and he said some words….and the next thing you know somebody came up and shot him,” said Sharmila Boyd. Police have not announced any suspects in Boyd’s shooting.

“He didn’t deserve it, that’s not the life he lived,” said Sharmila Boyd of her husband. The couple would have celebrated nine years of marriage on Nov. 11.

Calvin Boyd’s aunt, Darlene Boyd said her nephew had some scrapes with the law as a younger man, but once he started fixing automobiles he stayed focused on his passion and his family. “He got himself together and went to school to be a mechanic,” Darlene Boyd said.

“Anybody who has any information on the situation with my nephew I wish they would come forward.”

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at: 410.396.2100. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1.866.7lockup.


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor