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Colleague Of Murdered Rockville MD Artist Speaks

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Tony Kurts displays a painting from his gallery created by murdered artist Azin Naimi.
Elliott Francis
Tony Kurts displays a painting from his gallery created by murdered artist Azin Naimi.

By Elliott Francis

As the investigation into the murder of an artist from Montgomery County continues, the man who runs the studio where police believe she was killed is speaking out.

His name is Tony Kurts, and he rented space to Azeen Naimi in his art warehouse just off Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Maryland. Kurts describes Naimi as a talented restoration artist, and at times, much more.

"She has a tendency to just want to give. She wanted to enjoy life, and make sure that people who weren't as prosperous as her, moved up," says Kurts.

Montgomery County Investigators say Naimi was murdered in the vicinity of that rented space. 35-year-old Raymond L. Williams, who worked in the same building, has been charged with first degree murder in her death. Investigators say Williams has confessed to the murder, but no motive was given.

Kurts says although a suspect is in custody, the circumstances surrounding the murder are still painful.

"I've never been this close to something like this before, it's like having your insides ripped out," he says.

The suspect, Raymond Williams is being held without bond in the Montgomery County Detention Center.

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