WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - He was supposed to be the first of his family to graduate college, and go on to make sure the streets of D.C. were safe.
Instead, 21-year-old Marcus Edwards, of Northeast, was stabbed to death around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 5400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard in Baltimore.
"He was my pride and my joy, I call him my scholar, my gentleman, my scholar, my gentleman and I will miss him so much," sad his mother, Nicole Brooks.
Brooks said Marcus was her shining light and had big dreams.
"I'm so proud of him, we encouraged him every day, every day, keep pushing, keep believing, keep breathing, even with all the violence throughout the Baltimore community and the DMV,” she said. “It disheartened him, it made him sad but he still wanted to push forward. He still wanted to be an MPD officer, still wanted to eventually be a detective."
Edwards was part of D.C. Police Department's junior police academy. They said he worked in the 2nd District. He also interned and volunteered.
Even with all that ambition, the 21-year-old managed to find time to smile and make people laugh. Marcus grew up in the Trinidad neighborhood with his five brothers and sisters. His mom grew up in the same house she raised him in.
"It's very tough to know that the thing that he wanted to do is what took him, it's what took him out of here," Brooks said.
If you have any info that might help police catch his killer, call 1-866-7LOCKUP. There is a reward.