Lawrence Peterson, a victim in the Aug. 10, 2012 shooting that killed Joseph Alexander “Alex” Ulrich, Jr., 40, died on May 15. Both Ulrich, Jr. and Lawrence R. Peterson were standing on the front steps of a building near the Belvedere Hotel on East Chase Street just before 4 a.m. on that day when shots rang out. Both victims were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where Ulrich died several hours later.
The men were allegedly shot by Quinton Bass, who had come to Baltimore from Raleigh, N.C. in 2012 and lived in homeless shelters and vacant buildings. He was arrested on gun charges three weeks after the double shooting.
Peterson, 56 at the time of the attack, was in critical condition and underwent multiple surgeries and rehabilitation as a result of shots to his torso, but he eventually succumbed after a long struggle. Longtime friend Don Davis said of Peterson’s death, “He was a fighter, but surgery after surgery I guess his system could not take it any longer. So sad.”
Police determined robbery was the motive for the attack and not a hate crime though both victims were gay. Bass’ trial had been postponed on several occasions and has been postponed again as a result of Peterson’s death. He will be charged with double homicide.
A fund was set up to finance causes Peterson was interested in. To donate to the Larry Peterson Fund, visit http://mvba.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1859763.