RIVERDALE – The Parkdale High School community mourns the loss of former student Manuel Luis, 19, who was found shot to death in his car near his off-campus apartment in Morgan State University on July 11.
Luis, a sophomore at the university, was shot in a robbery attempt gone wrong early in the morning hours Baltimore City Police officials say. They responded to the scene around 4:50 a.m., hours after the shooting. According to police officials, no one had called 911, and his silver Acura was found outside the Morgan View Apartments student housing in the 4700 block of Loch Raven Boulevard. Luis was found shot while in his car with three bullet holes in the doors and front window.
As of this time, police have no further details on the investigation and have ruled his death as a homicide. Morgan State University officials said that their counselors will be accepting walk-ins for students affected by the incident to speak to during the morning process.
“As a community, the Morgan family collectively extends our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the Luis family,” Morgan State officials said. “We ask that you keep them and their extended family and friends in prayer. In moments of despair, we come together and reaffirm our familial ties and bonds as Morganites.”
Known as “Manny” to his friends and family, Luis was one of the captains of the Parkdale High School baseball team and was considered to be a hard worker. He accumulated a 4.0 GPA and took several AP classes.
According to Head Coach William Poulakos, once the news spread to Prince George’s County, members of the Parkdale High School baseball team gathered together at the school to spend time talking about and remembering their captain.
“We cried together, and it was tough for those kids,” Poulakos said. “Many of those kids were Manny’s good friends and best friends on that team, and it was good for us to get together and have that moment for Manny.”
Poulakos said that Luis played in the outfield but was mainly the emotional leader on the team.
Luis was constantly motivating his teammates, including being present at this year’s regional championships despite already graduating the year before. The team plans to dedicate their next spring season in their captain’s honor.
“I loved Manny,” Poulakos said. “He was a leader off and on the field. He loved his teammates. He cared about being a Parkdale Panther more than anyone. He was a very passionate student.”
After graduating from Parkdale in 2018, Luis attended Morgan State University and became a business major. He quickly got involved with on-campus activities including Freshman Class Student Government Association and taking photos of the football team. According to Morgan State University football player and redshirt freshman Adeola Sulaiman, Luis had a passion for photography and was great at taking photos during athletic contests.
“(He) took the pics for my very first high school football game and then for my very first college game,” Sulaiman said on Twitter. “It breaks my heart that you won’t be there to take my last.”
The Luis family did not want to make a statement about Manuel’s death at this time. A viewing service will take place on July 17 at St. James Catholic Church on Rhode Island Avenue on Mt. Rainier. The funeral will take place at the same location on July 18.
“Today it’s with great sadness that we’re mourning the loss of a great leader, advocate, student and most importantly a fellow panther,” Parkdale’s Student Governance Association said in a statement on their Twitter account. “Our heart goes out to the Luis family as well as every single person Manuel’s soul touched. Gone but never forgotten.”
Baltimore Police are asking for anybody with information to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK UP. If the tip leads to an arrest and charges filed in this case, one can be eligible for a reward of up to $4,000.