Baltimore boy, 11, found slain

December 19, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

An 11-year-old boy who was last seen going out to play near his West Baltimore home was found dead yesterday of apparent multiple stab wounds. Police were questioning a man who had befriended the boy and played basketball with him.

Michael Shawn Gasque was found dead about 7 p.m. in an abandoned shed in a wooded area at the end of Flowerton Road, a block from where he was last seen, police said. An autopsy was to be conducted, but the preliminary cause of death appears to be stab wounds, police said.

The youth left his home in the 1200 block of N. Woodington Ave. in Edmondson Village about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to play with friends but never returned, police said. The boy's family reported him missing to police, who started a search.

About 5 p.m. yesterday, a child who heard about Michael's disappearance approached an officer near Walnut and Edmondson avenues and said that a day earlier he had heard a young boy's screams, said police spokesman Sam Ringgold. Officers combed the area for two hours before finding the boy, he said.

A man who had been seen with the boy after he left home has been arrested on unrelated handgun and drug charges and was being questioned by detectives last night in connection with the slaying, he said.

The man -- Warren C. Berry, 30, of the 3900 block of Glenhunt Road in Edmondson Village -- often played basketball with the neighborhood children and was apparently the last person to have been seen with the Gasque youth, Mr. Ringgold said. The two had been seen walking down the street together and in a video store, Mr. Ringgold said.

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