A 13-year-old boy was abducted yesterday on his way to school and forced to hand over a house key that attackers used to enter his East Baltimore row home and kill his brother, according to city police.
Detectives believe that robbery was the motive underlying the unusual chain of events that led to the shooting death of Derrick Lamont Byers, 25, of the 400 block of N. Robinson St., said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.
Money and jewelry were taken from a safe in the victim's home.
The abduction took place about 8:40 a.m. yesterday near the intersection of Ellwood Avenue and Fayette Street where three men, ages 25 to 30, forced the 13-year-old boy and a young friend into a 1992 black Honda, with license tags ZMV 142, police said.
Plastic bags were placed over the boys' heads as the car was driven to the Robinson Street house, and the 13-year-old was forced to hand over the key, Mr. Ringgold said.
Police said Mr. Byers and his girlfriend, 22, were awakened in a basement bedroom as two of the men entered and ordered him to open the safe.
Then the couple were ordered to lie on the floor, and Mr. Byers was shot once in the head, police said.
The woman was left unharmed.
When the killers returned to the car, the teen-agers were released, also unharmed.
Mr. Byers was the fourth man to be shot to death in Baltimore since noon Tuesday .
An unidentified man was shot to death about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 4800 block of Palmer Ave.
About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, two men were shot to death near an alley in the 3700 block of Spaulding Ave. They were identified as Andre Wallace, 24, of the 3600 block of Spaulding Ave., and Lamont Jones, 21, of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. Each was were shot in the back of the head.