Gerry Canavan

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‘Mr. Andrews Killed the Man but Was Haunted by His Question’

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Mr. Andrews was known for drug dealing and audacious robberies in West Baltimore in the 1970s and early ’80s. In September 1986, he agreed to kill a drug dealer for a rival to support his heroin habit. It was his first murder.

“My gun jammed,” Mr. Andrews told The New York Times in 2007. “So the guy was lying on the ground, and it gave him a chance to look me in the eye, and he said, ‘Why?’ ”

New York Times obituary for Donnie Andrews, the inspiration for The Wire‘s Omar Little.

Written by gerrycanavan

December 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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