Friends and coaches remember Baltimore student athlete Ray Glasgow
BALTIMORE, Md, (WBFF) — Friends and coaches identified the 17-year-old fatally shot Saturday evening in Southeast Baltimore as Ray Glasglow III.
Glasgow was a junior and played on the football and lacrosse teams at City College High School, a public magnet school in Northeast Baltimore.
"I was devastated. I couldn't believe it. The kids were calling," City College Lacrosse Coach Anthony Ryan said. "We're having a hard time with this."
Ryan, known as "Coach Merc," said Glasgow had just left practice hours before he was murdered. Glasgow was shot Saturday just after 6 p.m. on Eden Street in Southeast Baltimore. An 18-year-old man was also shot. His condition is unknown.
"It's like losing a little brother, because Ray was close to all of us, and we were all close to him. So, it was a tough loss for all of us, including coaches," senior football teammate Vernon Haggie said. "It just still feels unreal. It don't feel real. It still feel like it's a dream."
Police confirmed Sunday night Glasgow was Saturday's murder victim. They also released pictures of the suspect's car, a white sedan they believe to be a Nissan Altima.
Glasgow was team captain on the City College's boy's lacrosse team, which is scheduled to play Mervo in the city lacrosse championship Monday night at Poly.
"These kids are really close knit. They're really close knit and they really love each other and are concerned with one another. So, this is not gonna be an easy task," Ryan said. "It's something we can't grasp. We can't wrap our heads around."
Statements from friends:
"The first time I saw Ray was this past summer . It was my first days at City working out with the football team. After that day, he became a big brother to me . We would push each other at practice all the time. Even in school we would always play around with each other but at the end of the day we know that we are brothers. Ray was intelligent and a great leader. He led his lacrosse team and on the football field. He didn't deserve what he got. He was one of the best men the Baltimore got. If he calls you family, that is what he treated you like. And I got the chance to call him my brother. He will forever live in me."
-Camron Banks, Friend
Ray was a brother and friend to many he was a good guy to be around. A two sport student athlete who was very passionate about athletics and academics. I met Ray in ninth grade and we became close ever since. We went at it in practice and pushed each other to be better not only on the field but in the classroom also. We had dreams of going to the same college.We ending up playing next to each other for our sophomore football season. He was a very intelligent leader. Young man with a promising future who got his life cut short."
-Ronald Phillips, Friend
"Ray was the kind of kid you rooted for, bright, intelligent and full of life. As a coach, you build relationships with players and their families that last well be beyond their playing time. Ray and his Dad were that find of family. Ray was referred to our 8th Grade High School Preparation Team in 2015, by his Middle School Football Coach at City Spring Middle. Ray wasn't the fastest or most talented player on our team, but was extremely coachable and always gave 100 % in everything he did. When he moved on to high school at City College, he became a great contributor to the school's football and lacrosse teams. He always had a kind word and hug for me when we played against his teams or when he saw me around town. His tragic death will leave a void in the hearts of many who loved him and were proud of his development. He led by personal example."
- Coach Ty Johnson, former 8th grade all-star coach