15-year-old girl shot to death boyfriend held Shooting followed quarrel in girl's home

September 12, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

An argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend -- both age 15 -- culminated with a gunshot that killed the girl in her family's South Baltimore home yesterday, police said.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Cherese A. Smith of the 600 block of Cherrycrest Road, who was shot once in the head at 4 p.m., said Sam Ringgold, a city police spokesman.

The 15-year-old boyfriend, who lives in Northwest Baltimore, was being questioned late last night by homicide detectives. Police said they expect to charge him with first-degree murder.

"It's a little unclear what the argument was about or how long they'd been arguing," Mr. Ringgold said.

The Smith youth's family had moved to the Cherry Hill area earlier this year, neighbors said. It is unknown how long the victim had been going out with the boy.

Family members found the girl on the kitchen floor. The boy was taken into custody shortly afterward, police said.

"This is such a horrible thing, the family is really good people," said one neighbor who knows the girl's mother. "They hadn't lived here long, but she [Cherese] seemed happy here."

The neighbor added, "How did such a young boy get a gun?"

Police said they still were investigating where the boy got the gun.

Officers said they expected to charge the youth sometime after midnight.

The incident is the second in as many weeks involving a 15-year-old who has been accused of killing another teen-ager with a gun. Last week, a 14-year-old girl, Ivy Jones, was shot in the head and killed by a boy who was showing a pistol to his friends in an East Baltimore rowhouse.

The 15-year-old in that case, who is believed to have fired the gun accidentally, was charged the next day as a juvenile with manslaughter.

Police believe he was attempting to show several of his friends how to handle the gun when it went off, instantly killing the Jones youth.

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