By Joshua Rhett Miller
December 13, 2021
-New York Post
A Maryland man gunned down his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore and then killed his ex-wife — confessing to the crime spree on Facebook Live before taking his own life.
Rajaee Shareef Black, 44, admitted he murdered his ex-girlfriend, Tara Labang, Saturday afternoon while outside the Columbia apartment building of his ex-wife, Wendy Natalie Black, according to the chilling clip.
Black says on camera that the ex-wife is also about to die.
“I just did something crazy, man,” the Hanover man says on the video. “I just shot my ex-girlfriend in the head, yo. Um, felt like a dream. I never thought I would be that guy.”
Black said he was distraught over child custody issues with both women, saying “sh-t has been real crazy,” and that he couldn’t go to prison.
“The person that really started my depression and all of this is my ex-wife,” Black continued. “So, she next. And then I’m going to do myself, too. But I just wanted to say this to people: Don’t play with people’s emotions, man. Don’t lie on these men.”
Black’s 42-year-old ex-wife then comes to her doorway, the video shows before suddenly cutting out.
“Oh, here’s my ex-wife right now,” Black says flatly.
Police said Black fatally shot his ex-wife moments later before turning the gun on himself. The couple’s two children were found unhurt in his gray BMW outside the woman’s apartment building, authorities said.
“Investigators believe Rajaee Black came to Columbia after having just committed a domestic homicide a short time earlier in Baltimore,” Howard County police said in a statement.
The frightening footage was re-posted to Twitter by a woman who said she was friends with the gunman, the Baltimore Sun reported. Howard County police confirmed Black had a relationship with both women and he posted about working as a nurse anesthetist on his Facebook page, according to the newspaper.
“This is a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters near the crime scene. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of these victims.”
Cops in Baltimore identified Labang, 41, early Monday, the Baltimore Sun reported.
A neighbor who declined to be identified said her Ring doorbell camera picked up the sound of six gunshots during the attack. Cops then learned about the Facebook video in which Black described his intent to commit another slaying and notified Howard County cops immediately, the Sun reported.
Responding officers found Rajaee Black and Wendy Black dead inside the vestibule of her Columbia apartment. Court records obtained by the Baltimore Sun show they had been mired in a custody battle dating back to 2018.
Both Wendy and Rajaee Black had worked as certified registered nurse anesthetists, according to the newspaper. Wendy Black was an employee at Howard County General Hospital for nearly five years, while Rajaee held a nurse anesthetist position at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Sun reported, citing his LinkedIn page.
Labang had also worked at Capital Region Health, hospital officials told the newspaper. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Mayor Brandon Scott decried the gun violence that shattered multiple families.
“We’re talking about a neighborhood that’s a bustling neighborhood, a great neighborhood, but it is shaken now because one of their neighbors has been taken from them, taken from the community, simply because someone doesn’t know how to move on,” Scott told reporters. “That’s something that we should no longer accept on our streets.”