Mother's Day

A Baltimore crime lab technician moves through a surreal city

A Baltimore crime lab technician moves through a surreal city

People danced their hearts out to the Cupid Shuffle as Rodney Montgomery collected forensic evidence at a gruesome Mother's Day homicide scene.

That night a 22-year-old man had been shot in the head several times in southeast Baltimore while various family gatherings and holiday festivities were in full swing nearby. Montgomery, a crime lab technician for the Baltimore Police Department, was trying to perform his duties while wedged between a dance party and a crowd of folks who were angry that the homicide scene had interfered with their cookout celebration. Music and curse words echoed through the night as he meticulously worked alongside fellow technicians and...

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