MURDER USA Wounded during the murder of Thomas Tibbs by Miguel Santana in Waldorf in 2016, Kemo Key finds a magic bullet that hits the mark.

MURDER USA Wounded during the murder of Thomas Tibbs by Miguel Santana in Waldorf in 2016, Kemo Key finds a magic bullet that hits the mark.

WALDORF, MD – His luck ran out. Kemo Kemytte-William Key was shot dead in Waldorf eight years after being winged during another murder.  

While the world won’t miss this dirtbag, his family sure won’t either, as many of his family members sought protection from him in domestic violence petitions in Prince Georges County, according to court records. Who will cry at his funeral?

Other acts of violence included 2022 plea deals for malicious property destruction in Prince George’s County. More days of wildings and badassery in Charles County, Maryland, resulted in being found guilty in 2015.

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that on April 30, 2024, at 10:40 p.m., officers responded to the 4500 block of Ruston Place in Waldorf for the report of an injured man. When officers arrived, the man had been pronounced deceased by EMS, who also responded.

A preliminary investigation showed the victim, Kemo Key, 29 (12/18/1994) of 15903 Litton Lane, Accokeek, and lately of Waldorf, Maryland, was outside of his residence and had been shot.

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry in front of Sheriff’s Headquarters. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Sheriff Berry reports that there were no reported calls about gunshots before Key was found.

 Detectives are following leads and ask anyone with information to call Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app. In this case, a cash reward is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspect.

On March 19, 2024, Key entered a guilty plea to possession of drugs other than pot in Charles County Circuit Court in a plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Tony Covington, which netted Key ten days in jail; where had he been locked up longer, might still be alive instead of headed for the grave.

In 2020, Keva Key sought protection from the courts from Kemo Key in a case of domestic violence, according to Prince George’s County Court records.


LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, a Charles County jury, after a 6-day trial, convicted Miguel Angel Santana, 27 of Waldorf, of First Degree Murder of Thomas Tibbs, 4 counts of Attempted Murder, 5 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Violent Crime, 9 counts of Reckless Endangerment, and three weapons charges.

On March 23, 2016, officers responded to the 2500 block of Gittings Court in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered two victims, Thomas Tibbs and Kemo Key, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for their injuries; however, Tibbs succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.


An investigation into the shooting revealed that earlier in the day, Santana’s co-defendant, Rashaad Jovonni Brawner, was involved in a verbal altercation with Key at a gas station.  After leaving, Brawner picked up Santana and drove to a neighborhood looking for Key. When they found Key, Brawner confronted him, and a physical confrontation ensued. Brawner attempted to retreat to the driver’s seat of his vehicle; however, several men who were at the residence attempted to pull Brawner out. Santana, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, began shooting at the men while still inside the vehicle. The men fled.

Thomas Tibbs, who was standing nearby but not involved in the fight, was struck with bullets from Santana’s gun in the chest and arm.  Key was also shot, suffering a non-life-threatening wound to the buttocks. Brawner and Santana then fled the area in the vehicle.

Witnesses identified Brawner as the driver of the vehicle. Brawner later identified Santana as the shooter.

Santana will be sentenced on July 26, 2018. At sentencing, Santana faces 5 life sentences plus 133 years in prison.

On January 17, 2017, Brawner pled guilty to Manslaughter for his role in the killing. His sentencing date has been set for June 21, 2018.

Conviction of killer Santana upheld on appeal

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