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Relative of Mayor Rawlings-Blake Murdered in Baltimore Shooting

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

Joseph Haskins, a relative of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, was murdered last night during a shooting inside a home on Ethlan Ave in Baltimore.

Police investigating the murder believe it was a home invasion robbery.

Linda Harcum, a relative of Haskins told FOX45 she thinks Haskins wasn't the intended target of the gunmen, but that she thinks they were trying to rob other members of the family who had returned home from a casino with their winnings.

"I think the people they were trying to rob--we was all gone....They knew how much money was in that house. They was trying to rob us--the people that had that money. The people [who] were involved in the home invasion really didn't get anything out of them...except for life."

According to Harcum, Haskins has a young daughter.

Police believe three masked men entered the home on Ethlan Ave and fired one shot during the home invasion.

In a statement, Mayor Rawlings Blake said, "This is a tragedy for my entire family. Senseless gun violence affects the lives of too many people—here in Baltimore, and in cities and communities across America. Out of respect for my relatives who are grieving, I ask that the media respect their privacy."

Relative of Mayor Rawlings-Blake Murdered in Baltimore Shooting

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