Two brothers are stabbed one dies, one is wounded

November 06, 1990

Two brothers were stabbed, one fatally, early today in their home in West Baltimore, police said.

The attacks took place about 5:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of W. Lafayette Ave.

Police said that Derik Strickland, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of stab wounds. His brother, David Strickland, 23, was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was in critical condition with a stab wound in the back.

Investigators said Derik Strickland and an unnamed friend had gone out to purchase transmission fluid when Strickland saw a man on a bicycle who stopped and talked to him.

Strickland then took the bike rider back to his house, where an argument and fight ensued and Derik Strickland was stabbed, investigators said. Awakened by the commotion, David Strickland came from a second bedroom to the first floor, where he also was stabbed.

The bicycle rider then fled.

Derik Strickland's friend, who had been waiting for him in a car near the home, went to the house when Derik did not return and found the brothers. He called police and an ambulance.

Police said they believe the stabbings are drug-related. They said they had no suspects.

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