Police ask for help to solve killing TSU student shot in robbery attempt

September 05, 1993|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer

City police last night appealed to the public for help in their investigation of the fatal shooting of a Towson State University student who was attacked in northeast Baltimore while looking for a friend's house.

Homicide unit Detective Vernon Holly said investigators had no solid leads in the slaying Thursday of Joel J. Lee, 21, a computer science major who was to begin his senior year Tuesday. He apparently resisted four youths as they attempted to rob him and was shot in the face with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

"We have no suspects right now, and anyone with information could call the homicide unit if they felt it could help," Detective Holly said. The telephone number is 396-2100.

Police have been told that Mr. Lee was surrounded by four teen-agers, two wearing camouflage jackets, about 9:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Dutch Village Apartments in the 7000 block of McClean Blvd.

Mr. Lee, who lived with his family in the 4100 block of Font Hill Drive in Ellicott City, had gone to the area to visit a friend, Folashayo Babalola, also 21.

"We were going to get together before school," Mr. Babalola said last night. "He wanted to borrow a computer science book because he was determined to get his grades even higher this year.

"Joel was very quiet, very ambitious," Mr. Babalola said. "This has really shaken me. . . . I'm moving as soon as I can. I can't live here knowing my friend died on the parking lot outside my house."

The dead man's father, Kenneth Lee, said last night that he doubts his son would have resisted his attackers.

"He never fought, always tried to avoid trouble, stay away from problems," the father said. He said that all his son wanted to do was use his imagination and achieve his goals to be a cartoonist in the computer animation field.

A funeral for Joel Lee will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the LeroM. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home in Columbia.

Burial will be in Meadowridge Cemetery.

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