Shooting victim mourned

February 03, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Last night, among family, friends and mourners, Gregory Lamont Howard went home.

"We have a service, not a funeral tonight," said the Rev. Russell E. Groves, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church. "When a child of God goes to God, we have a celebration."

Soul-stirring music filled the tiny church in North Baltimore as Mr. Groves reminded the crowd of about 150 that Mr. Howard, who was shot in the chest late Thursday as he stood in the 100 block of S. Center St. in Westminster, did not die in vain if his death moves others to action.

"I hope his death will wipe the drugs out of Westminster," Mr. Groves said. "It is my prayer tonight that this death will wipe out guns in Westminster, in Baltimore, in Columbia, and in all of these United States."

Mr. Howard, 22, lived with his mother, grandmother and his great-grandmother about four miles south of Manchester.

He was born in Baltimore and attended public schools there. He was the youngest member of the varsity swim team when he attended Walbrook High School.

Mr. Howard moved to Carroll and graduated from Westminster High School in 1988. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. He returned to civilian life after serving three years and began working with a friend in a maintenance and janitorial position. He planned to attend Allegany Community College soon, according to his mother.

Mr. Howard was a member of Canaan Baptist Church in Baltimore, where he served on the Junior Usher Board and sang on the Youth and Mass choirs.

He liked to bowl, play basketball and lift weights.

Three men have been arrested in connection with Mr. Howard's death.

Mr. Howard is survived by his mother, Patricia Winfield of Westminster; his father, Johnny Howard Jr.; two sisters, Amanda and Janice Winfield; his grandmother, Elaine Winfield of Westminster; his great-grandmother, Anne Hunter of Westminster; and two uncles, Michael and Harvey Winfield.

Suspect in slaying released on bond

Daniel Justin Leonard, one of three men charged in the shooting death of a Westminster man last week, was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 bond late Monday night.

Mr. Leonard, 23, of the 600 block of Hammershire Road in Owings Mills, was released before 11 p.m. Monday after his parents and a family friend secured their homes as collateral for the bond.

The defendant was charged with felony murder as an accessory before and after the fact, and assault and battery in the killing of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22, in the 100 block of S. Center St. on Thursday night.

The shooting occurred as the result of a dispute over drugs, police said.

Mr. Leonard had been held without bail since his arrest Friday. District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones set bail at $100,000 Monday afternoon.

Bail hearings were not held yesterday for the other defendants, Samuel Allen Miller, 22, of the 300 block of Stonecastle Ave. in Owings Mills, and Timothy Cumberland, 23, of Bentley Park Lane in Reisterstown. Prosecutors and public defenders said that the two could have bail reviews by today.

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