An autopsy has revealed an exterminator slain in his West Baltimore business this weekend died from multiple blunt injuries and stab wounds to his head, the state's chief medical examiner said.
There also were stab wounds to the man's torso, Dr. John Smialek, the chief medical examiner, said yesterday.
The victim, George Taylor, 57, was found about 2 p.m. Sunday in his seven-day-a-week business, Scat-A-Bug in the 1200 block of W. North Ave.
Police said the apparent motive of the slaying was robbery.
No one has been arrested in Taylor's death. Five people, including Taylor, were killed last weekend. The homicide total in the city for the year now is at nine.
Taylor's death saddened friends, who spoke about him yesterday outside his store, where a big pink, yellow and black store sign hangs.
"I was really shocked," said one man, a longtime friend who asked not to be identified. "He was good people.
"He'd come in and take care of business and do what he had to do. He'd come out and get a sandwich, that was it."
Taylor never bothered anyone, the friend said.
Taylor, known to his friends as "Scat-a-Bug," or "Exterminator Man," operated the business alone.
"I asked him to let me help," the friend said. "But he said, 'No, I don't need any help.' "
Police said they believe Taylor may have been attacked by more than one assailant, because he was a big man.
The neighborhood near Taylor's business is known for drug trafficking, residents said.
Some residents said they feel helpless, because the violence associated with illegal drugs can strike anywhere at anytime.
"You're not safe, day or night," said one elderly woman, who also asked not to be identified. "Baltimore is something terrible."
She said, "That's all they do here, kill, kill, kill."