BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Rajaee Black’s ex-girlfriend does not want her identity to be made public. She was still shaken after hearing about his rampage and was unable to watch the Facebook Live video herself, where Black appeared to confess to killing his ex-girlfriend Tara Labang.
According to police, he recorded the video seconds before fatally shooting his ex-wife Wendy Black at her home in Columbia on Saturday, according to police, all while his young children waited in a car. SUV outside.
“He had the right to use a weapon,” the ex-girlfriend said. “I definitely feel for the kids. I feel for all of them — Wendy and Tara. ”
She told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren that they met in March 2019 and split a year later. She said he was severely depressed – and never got help.
“I felt like I was his only support system in a way, but I had to choose my own sanity. I had to choose my own happiness. When I broke up with him, I still loved him dearly, but I knew that I had to put myself first. I can’t be a part of it because he won’t get any help. “
The ex-girlfriend shared a message Rajaee sent, where he wrote, “There was a time when I felt so low that I didn’t want to live anymore. It was you who helped me get through it. ”
She said that she was not afraid of him.
“Jay never cursed at me. He never raised his voice at me. He always told me because of what I had been abused in a previous relationship that he would never hurt me. That’s what he told me.”
According to court documents, his ex-wife Wendy Black filed multiple protection orders but were denied. Last year, in her own handwriting, she said, “I was so scared because I didn’t know what he could do to me and the girls. I don’t feel that we are safe. I don’t feel safe at all. I feel that my life is in danger. “
“A lot of times when people say their life is in danger, it’s not too serious,” the ex-girlfriend said. “Certainly about protecting women, there’s definitely a broken system.”
A colleague of victim Tara Labang shared a photo with WJZ. He said her smile “could light up a room” and this was terrifying to those who knew her.
Both the victim and the suspect were nurses.
Tara Labang works at Saint Agnes. Wendy Black worked at Howard County General. A friend wrote online that Wendy loves her two children very much and a trust is being established to help support them.
He said the two have never discussed their relationship.
Wendy Black has filed multiple requests for protection orders against her ex-husband, saying that she fears for her life. They keep getting rejected.
WJZ also spoke to a woman who said she dated Rajaee Black from March 2019 to March 2020. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said Black needed counseling because of severe depression.
While she said she wasn’t afraid of him and that he never abused her, she said there was a “broken system” when it came to protecting women from abuse.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are resources available to help. House of Ruth in Baltimore has a 24-hour hotline. Just call 410-889-7884.