Grieving mother pleas for information in son’s Fells Point murder


Three days before Christmas family and friends gathered inside a Fells Point funeral home to pay their respects to a husband, son, stepfather and well-known, local musician shot and killed last week.

James “Jim” Forrester, 43, had just stepped out of Baltimore Tattoo Museum on Eastern Avenue to talk on the phone with his wife when police believe he was fatally shot by two men, around 7:30 Monday evening.

“This looks like a robbery,” said BPD Spokesman TJ Smith, during a press conference Friday.

Police released surveillance video of the suspects in hopes someone will come forward with some information.

“My heart is broken,” said Sally Stanton, Jim’s mother. “To think I have to live the rest of my life knowing my son was murdered.”

Stanton stood outside the funeral home Friday, preparing to say goodbye to her only child. A spiritual woman, wearing an angel bin and beneath her sweater, a broken heart.

“I have my moments where I’m in tears,” said Stanton. “I know I'm going to be a mess when I see him. I know it’s for the last time."

“He had a heart of gold,” said Jim’s cousin Robyn Haught, her eyes filling with tears.

Jim was married with two stepchildren.

The 43-year-old was well known for his talent on the bass guitar. But, also for his resilience.

Just months ago Jim survived several blood clots, which forced doctors to place him in a medically induced coma, his mother said.

“We should not be here,” said Haught. “Plain and simple. He was getting back on his feet just to have it taken away is so senseless. We will have a justice as a family.”

A private burial service will be held Saturday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443) 902-4824.

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