Drowned by the strong current of love: The murder suicide of Da’von Markell Mullins, 22, and Kayla Yow, 18

A Baltimore man is in critical condition at an area hospital facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting his teenage girlfriend to death and then attempting suicide by shooting himself, according to Anne Arundel County Police.


The slain girlfriend is Kayla Yow, 18, of the 400 block of Glen Mar Road in Glen Burnie, and her suspected killer is Da’von Markell Mullins, 22, of the 6900 block of Reisterstown Road in Baltimore. Police went to Yow’s apartment Friday night after they received a 911 call from a family member of Mullins asking authorities to check on him. The caller said Mullins had sent several worrisome text messages.

The family member did not know which apartment was Yow’s, so officers went door to door searching for Mullins and contacted other people he knew. Eventually police located Yow’s apartment and entered to find Yow body’s in the living room, with apparent upper body trauma. Mullins, also suffering from upper body trauma, was found in the unit with a handgun at the scene.



Paramedics confirmed Yow was dead at the scene. Mullins was taken to an area hospital and is in critical condition Saturday.

Annapolis Patch reports that Mullins’ family didn’t know Yow’s apartment number and were forced to go door-to-door in their search. The website adds that Yow and Mullins “had been in a relationship.”

Investigators say Yow and Mullins had been in a relationship and the shootings were an apparent homicide-attempted suicide. Yow’s body was taken to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of her death.

. Mullins was under police guard at the hospital and since died from complications due to his injuries


It Was Mullins’ Family Who Called the Police

Yow Said She’s ‘Interested in Women’ on Her Facebook Page

Since news of his passing, Mullins’ Facebook page has become a shrine to his life. One user, Tracey Hartman, posted, “This is so hard for me to believe. You are like one of my children.. Talked to me about a lot of things. Such a resptible young man. You were so proud of how far you came and so was I. Forever in my heart and family Prada.” Prada was the name used by Mullins on his Twitter page.

Mullins graduated from Lansdowne High School in Baltimore in 2012. During his graduation ceremony, Mullins’ photo was used by the Baltimore Sun. Mullins was a track star at his high school.

He writes on his Facebook page, “God is good all the time . The lord is my salvation.” Mullins also says on that page that he’s originally from the Bronx.

His Facebook page features photos of the graves of members of the Porter family. Their family was beset by tragedy. That photo is Mullins’ background image.

Yow Moved From Florida to the Maryland Area for High School

In 2012, Yow moved from Florida to Maryland to attend Old Mill High School where she was an honor roll student.

CBS Baltimore reports that Mullins would have been facing murder and “related” charges. A police guard was on his hospital room. WTOP reports that Mullins was treated at the University Maryland Shock Trauma unit where he died on Sunday morning


Credit pacth.com et al

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