Friends are planning a memorial event for a popular DJ who was fatally shot early Friday morning.
The killing and the arrest both have the music community reeling as the victim and the suspect are popular local DJs.
“I know both of the parties, so it’s like I’m lost,” DJ Marcus Wright said. “I don’t even know the whole situation. It’s just, like, why?”
Vincent Curtis, 53, known as DJ Vicious V, was shot and killed around 4 a.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Bloomfield Avenue. His accused killer is Brandon Harris, 34, who is known as DJ B-Eazy.
Investigators said video evidence and witness accounts linked Harris to the shooting. Officers arrested Harris Saturday.
“It’s still fresh, but it’s definitely still rough. It hurts,” said Warren Moyd, a cousin of Curtis.
“That was more than just a friend to me. He was more than just a fellow DJ. That was my brother,” said DJ Isaac Williams. “He’s the DJ that everybody in the city looked up to, or at least looked to get their skill level up to.”
Friends described Curtis as iconic and legendary.
“Battle DJ, radio DJ, he basically was a hero,” said DJ Derrick Binion.
“He’d take off his shirt, he’d like put his leg over the turntables. He was a performer. He was just amazing,” said Chin-Yer Wright, who is organizing a memorial.
Fellow DJs are planning to spin in honor of Curtis. A memorial event is planned for Monday evening at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center on North Howard Street. At least seven DJs are expected to perform.
“I’m thankful that we were able to honor him as a legend in Baltimore while he was alive, so we really want to continue to honor his memory,” Wright said.
The DJs said the event will also help them heal.
“Music is for everybody, and it heals the soul. It heals my soul when I’m hurting,” Wright said.