Soyina Nicole Thompson apparently got in with the wrong crowd, and the former Morgan State University student was just in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was killed in an apparent drug-related shooting, police say.
"We understand she was a good student at Morgan," Homicide Detective Earl Kratsch said, "but her exposure to the drug crowd forced her recently to quit school."
Ms. Thompson, 19, was sitting in the passenger seat of her 1983 Toyota Supra last Tuesday when a gunman fired shots at the driver, police say.
Ms. Thompson, who was seven months pregnant, was shot in the head and side, Detective Kratsch said. The fetus did not survive.
Police are looking for the driver, identified only as "Bob."
The detective said positively identifying the victim took a few days because she had moved from at least one residence in Reservoir Hill and was reportedly not known at another.
Detective Kratsch said a woman with whom Ms. Thompson lived told police she didn't know the victim when officers went to the house the evening of the killing.
It turned out, according to the detective, that the woman was angry at being "inconvenienced" by the police coming to her home. Later, police learned the woman did know the victim but didn't feel like cooperating.
Shortly after noon on Aug. 4, Ms. Thompson was sitting in the passenger's seat of her car in the 3900 block of Edmondson Ave. when a man approached and began taking with the driver.
Words erupted into an argument and the man pulled out a small caliber handgun and fired two shots, missing the driver, but hitting Ms. Thompson.
Police said the gunman and the driver fled in opposite directions, but that the gunman returned a short time later and was seen removing something from the back of the car.
Information gathered during the investigation, said Detective Kratsch, revealed that the driver told friends that the shooting was over money and drugs and that the bullets were meant for him.
Police have searched several places that "Bob" is known to frequent but have yet to find him.
At the woman's home, police looking for evidence seized several school books and reports from Ms. Thompson's apartment.
Anyone with information about the slaying is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.