Across town, another victim recalled as fun-loving friend

July 17, 1993|By Ed Brandt | Ed Brandt,Staff Writer

Lyndon Reese Turner, whose body was found in a trash container Wednesday, was remembered by his friends yesterday as a fun-loving person who enjoyed playing basketball and listening to music.

"He was a law-abiding citizen who didn't deserve what happened to him," said Kiah Stokes, 22. Mr. Turner was shot in the head in what police believe was a robbery. On Thursday night, New York City police found the 1993 BMW that Mr. Turner, a Morgan State University student, was driving. The car was on 165th Street in Harlem. It is to be returned to Baltimore and examined by forensic experts.

Mr. Turner, who lived in the 1600 block of E. Northern Parkway, had borrowed the BMW belonging to his best friend, Marcus Peterson, Tuesday evening. Mr. Peterson, from New York City and a freshman at Morgan State, saidhe saw Mr. Turner parking the car in front of the Northern Parkway address about 9:30 Tuesday evening and went to the door to meet him. Mr. Turner never came in the door. When Mr. Peterson went out to look for him, Mr. Turner and the car had disappeared.

"I saw him bent over like he was fiddling with the radio, and I left the door," Mr. Peterson said. "Then he was gone. I looked around the corner, then figured he had gone some place else."

When Mr. Turner didn't return, Mr. Peterson said, he called everyone who knew him, without success. He called police about 5 o'clock the next morning.

The body was found shortly thereafter in a trash container at the Northbrook Apartments at Polaris Court and Cloister Road.

Mr. Turner, of May's Landing, N.J., went by the nickname "Skipp" and was a second semester junior at Morgan. He was a business major.

He worked at MCI in Towson as a telemarketer from April 1992 to last April, according to Erin Joy, an MCI spokesperson.

"He was very well-liked by everyone in the office," Ms. Joy said. "Whoever shot him must have thought he was someone else."

Roommate James Murphy said Mr. Turner was the type of person "who cared about his friends, and they cared about him."

His mother, Diana Corbin, was in Baltimore yesterday, but was too upset to talk about her son's death. A memorial service will be held Monday or Wednesday at Morgan State.

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