Boyfriend charged in slaying at school

December 03, 1990|By William B. Talbottand Joe Nawrozki | William B. Talbottand Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

A janitorial supervisor for the Baltimore school system today was charged in the slaying last week of a custodian whose body was found in a boiler room at Southeast Middle School.

Frank E. Collins, 43, who lives in the 4400 block of Moravia Road, was arrested at his apartment by city police about 6:30 a.m. He was described by police as the boyfriend of the victim.

Collins is accused in the fatal shooting last Wednesday of Barbara A. Thrower, 44, who worked as head custodian at the school in the 6800 block of Fait Ave.

He was charged with first-degree murder, robbery, possession of a .32-caliber revolver and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

An electrical contractor arriving at Southeast Middle School last week discovered the fully clothed body of Thrower lying on her back in the school's boiler room.

Thrower, police said, was shot several times in the head the chest. She had been the school's head custodian for nearly a year, according to Southeast principal John Mohamed.

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