Dundalk mourns loss of Carrington
The Dundalk High community is stunned after learning a recent graduate was shot to death last week in what county police are describing as a targeted killing.
Tracey E. Carrington, 25, was a 2011 graduate of Dundalk High who starred for the school’s girls basketball team and went on to have a successful basketball career at Morgan State University.
Members of the Dundalk High faculty described themselves as “devastated” and “heartbroken” upon hearing the news of Carrington’s death.
“On behalf of the Dundalk Faculty and Staff, we send our condolences to the family and friends of Tracey Carrington,” Dundalk High principal Larissa Santos said. “Ms. Carrington was a member of the DHS Girls’ Varsity Basketball team, DHS AVID, and a 2011 graduate of Dundalk High School. In 2016, Ms. Carrington was inducted into the DHS Hall of Fame. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”
“Her smile would light up the room,” tweeted Towson High athletic director Justin Nash, who was the athletic director at Dundalk High when Tracey was a student. “I was fortunate to have had a front row seat during her high school career.”
According to Baltimore County Police reports, Carrington and a friend left the S&S Lounge in the 6800 block of Belair Road on Thursday around 8:40 p.m.
As the two prepared to enter Tracey’s car, parked on Overlea Avenue, an unknown man approached and shot her multiple times before fleeing in a dark-colored vehicle.
Carrington was pronounced dead at the scene. Her friend was unharmed.
Police are investigating it as a targeted crime because no robbery or other crime was committed during the shooting, and the friend was unharmed.
Carrington was to be called as a prosecution witness in the trial of two men charged with a double homicide that took place in a Towson apartment complex last spring.
The two suspects in the double homicide, brothers Norwood T. Johnson, 29, and Nyghee N. Johnson, 21, are free on bail and under home detention, with both required to wear an ankle bracelet to track their locations.
The trial is scheduled for Jan. 15. While at Dundalk High, Carrington led the girls basketball team to one of the best three-year stretches in school history. The Owls have not had a winning record since she graduated.
She led the Owls to their first and only berth in the Baltimore County championship game during her junior year in 2010. Against defending champion Catonsville, a perennial state title contender, Tracey scored 36 of Dundalk’s 45 points in a 71-45 loss.
Carrington was twice named the Eagle’s Winter Female Athlete of the Season, and was selected to the Sun’s All-Metro team and the All-Baltimore County team during her junior and senior years.
She is Dundalk’s career scoring leader with 1,615 points.
At Morgan State University, Tracey was twice named to the All-MEAC second team and finished as the third-leading scorer in Bears’ histor y with 1,536 points.
A 5-foot-9 guard, she led Morgan State in scoring her senior year with an 18.1 average.
Since graduating from Morgan State, Tracey was involved with the Baltimore Cougars Legends women’s basketball program and had played professionally in Australia and Switzerland.
She was inducted into the Dundalk High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
“I would like [to thank] ever yone who was part of this, for thinking of me for this recognition,” Carrington said during the induction ceremony. “It’s definitely one of the most meaningful and personal honors I have ever received in my life.
“My career has been made possible by many people who have dug wells from which I have drunk, and many who have built fires from which I have been warmed. Today there are those who are still helping me dig wells and build fires for others. For that, I am forever grateful.”
Tracey’s twin brother, Charles Carrington, has opened a gofundme account to help pay for her funeral expenses: www.gofundme. com/tracey039s-funeral-expenses.
Tracey was “a person who would love you even if you didn’t deser ve it,” Charles wrote. “Who would uplift your spirits when you’re feeling down.”
Dundalk High grad Tracey Carrington, who was shot to death last week in what police are describing as a targeted killing, is shown here being inducted into the Dundalk High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
While a student at Dundalk High, Tracey Carrington led the Owls to their first berth in the Baltimore County championship game and finished as the school’s career scoring leader with over 1,600 points.