Man clambering onto balcony falls 8 floors to death

September 21, 1990

A 26-year-old resident of the George B. Murphy Homes in West Baltimore slipped from a balcony of the public housing project and plunged eight floors to his death last night, city police said.

Floyd Baynor, who lived in the building he fell from, had had an argument with his girlfriend, police said. She refused to let him into his apartment when he asked to retrieve his bicycle from a rear balcony, they said.

He then went to a 10th-floor apartment, climbed down the rear balconies to the 8th floor and took his bicycle, police said.

They said that he slipped and fell while climbing back to the 10th floor about 9 p.m. with the bike on his shoulder.

He was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The concrete balconies on the four 14-story high-rises were linked to another tragedy last year. In June 1989, a 12-year-old boy was killed when a piece of concrete broke from a balcony and struck him.

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