"We never got over that," said Wallace, of Asbury Park, N.J. "With a loss like that, there's nothing you can gain back until you get to heaven."
Carl Wallace was shot multiple times on Jonathan Street, near Charles Street, during an altercation that began with a fight between his girlfriend and another woman, police have said. His mother said she does not understand why someone would shoot her son.
"Yes, he got into an argument, but he tried to walk away," Reola Wallace said. "He never pulled a trigger on nobody."
Karim Ali Ward, of Frederick, Md., was charged in the fatal shooting, court records say.
Reola Wallace said even if the man accused of killing her son were convicted, it will not ease her pain. She said she wants court proceedings and news stories about her son's death to end as soon as possible.
"I need him to rest," she said.
Carl Wallace's longtime friend, Divine Scott, of Park Place in Hagerstown, said he was "good to be around" and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"He never disrespected anyone and always gave you something if he knew you needed it," he said.
Scott said he misses Wallace, whom he met in New Jersey in 1989, and remembers the last time they hung out together, three days before the fatal shooting.
"You always remember that last time, the last words you spoke to them before they died," he said. "It happens to everybody, I think."
Scott said Wallace was an aspiring rap musician who, like many young artists, was chasing his dream of a major-label record deal. Scott said a highlight for the up-and-coming Wallace, who performed under the name C-Booty, was a summer 2002 performance at a crowded West Virginia club, The Spot.
"He had a different kind of voice. You really couldn't pinpoint him sounding like anyone else out there," he said.