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The Annapolis Police Department is investigating


Staff writer

The Annapolis Police Department is investigating a Monday afternoon homicide of a 32-year-old Huntingtown man.

Police responded Monday afternoon to the 200 block of Victor Parkway in Annapolis, which Det. Richard Truitt said is a “residential, mid-rise garden style” condominium community, for a report of a possible shooting, where they found John Donnel Ray of Huntingtown in a vehicle dead from gunshot wounds to his torso, according to an Annapolis police press release. Truitt said the gun used in the crime was a handgun.

Ray’s sister, 34-year-old Michelle Ray-Stevenson, said she’s not sure why her brother was in Annapolis on Monday, but said he was “a good guy taken too soon.”

Ray-Stevenson said she and her brother were born and raised in Calvert County and they both graduated from Northern High School, so “everybody in Calvert County knows the both of us.”

Ray-Stevenson described Ray as a “fun-spirited person” who liked to “just have a good time,” whether it was hosting cookouts, riding dirt bikes or taking his 5-year-old son and Ray-Stevenson’s 11-year-old son to Chuck-E-Cheese. Ray also was always willing to help Ray-Stevenson with anything she needed, she said.

“That was my right-hand man; I would always lean on my brother for anything,” Ray-Stevenson said. “We did everything together.”

Truitt said it “appears there may have been indications of drug activity surrounding the incident.” He said because the crime occurred during the afternoon, police believe there were witnesses to the crime.

Ray was “well known” in the Huntingtown area, Truitt said.

Detectives are actively working on the case, police said, and anyone with information should contact Det. Charles Bealefeld at 443-986-5561.