Community members are in shock after a construction worker was shot and killed on the job Wednesday. It happened in broad daylight just after 1:45 p.m. Metropolitan Police say someone shot and killed 34-year-old Balmore Mauricio Fuentes of Dundalk, Md.
Fuentes was the crew chief for a construction company, overseeing the reconstruction of several houses in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast.
According to a gofundme page set up by his boss, Fuentes was a husband and father of two. The page describes him as a "stalwart custodian" of the neighborhood who always worked to improve it.
Fuentes renovated Heather Greaves' home. She's known him since she moved into her home in the Trinidad neighborhood in 2004. Greaves says he came to the U.S. from El Salvador to provide a better life for his family, and was ultimately living the 'American Dream.'
"He did everything you're supposed to do in order to be a good immigrant. He became his own foreman. His wife finally got here from El Salvador in December, fleeing horrifying violence and then this happens," said Greaves.
Fuentes' boss and other area contractors say Latino construction workers are often targeted on the job because people believe they are carrying cash, which is not the case most of the time.
"For him to go like that is outrageous. What happened here is just a moral outrage. Any murder is senseless, but they didn't even kill him for anything, he had no money on him," said Greaves.
The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
This is Mauricio Fuentes. A construction worker shot and killed on the job in Northeast this week. He was a husband and father of 2. pic.twitter.com/MUJoRL37VN— Marcella Robertson (@Marcella_Rob) August 25, 2017
He renovated houses in the Trinidad neighborhood. Those who knew him say he always wanted to make the area better. pic.twitter.com/AP1cSCZJdY— Marcella Robertson (@Marcella_Rob) August 25, 2017