Woman fatally beaten near her McCulloh St. home

December 20, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 27-year-old West Baltimore woman was fatally beaten late last night in the 1800 block of Stoddard Alley, city police said.

Homicide detective Walter Akers said the victim, Zena Frances Hargrove, of the 1900 block of McCulloh St., died at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore from a blow to the head with a blunt object.

The victim, an employee at the Farm Fresh food store at the Greenspring Shopping Center in the 2800 block of Smith Ave. near Pikesville, was found shortly after 11 o'clock by an ambulance crew called to tend to an injured woman lying in Stoddard Alley, off the 400 block of Presstman Street.

Akers said Hargrove, who lived less than two blocks from where she was found, was identified at the scene by her brother, who arrived after friends recognized the woman and notified him at his home.

Akers said Hargrove was fully clothed and nothing at the scene revealed a motive for the slaying.

He said at least one nearby resident heard a woman screaming shortly before Hargrove was found.

"It's a very dark and narrow street with few if any houses," Akers said.

Anyone having information about the slaying was asked to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

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