Mother Identifies Eastern Avenue Murder Defendant From Tattoo

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The trial continued before Judge Jennifer B. Schiffer on June 18 in the 2023 murder of Edgar Bonilla-Guerra

Kerin Aviles-Alvarez, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime, possession of a firearm as a minor and carrying a handgun on his person in relation to the April 3, 2023, murder of the 21-year-old victim.

He is represented by James Sweeting III who cautioned the jury against jumping to conclusions.

According to a witness, Bonilla-Guerra was shot while walking across the parking lot of a nearby 7-Eleven. The assistant medical examiner testified the case was clearly a homicide, referencing the autopsy report that showed. a gunshot wound to the torso as the cause of death.

The suspect’s mother, a key witness, identified Aviles-Alvarez and described a tattoo on his right hand.. She also said Aviles-Alvarez frequented that location of 7-Eleven. 

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a shooting at 6300 block of Eastern Avenue to find Bonilla-Guerra on the 400 block of Imla Street, lying on a porch and suffering from gunshot wounds. He died later that day.

Video footage depicted a man who would later allegedly be identified as Aviles-Alvarez by a witness from the surveillance footage of the 7-Eleven.

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