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Police charge city man in decapitation of Gypsy

November 17, 1994|By Peter Hermann and Joel Obermayer | Peter Hermann and Joel Obermayer,Sun Staff Writers

"Dick was the king of kings," The Sun quoted a Gypsy leader from New York and New England in 1959. "There can never be another one like him."

His funeral was an elaborate spectacle that drew hordes of curious onlookers as the hearse, trailed by 20 cars of Gypsy followers, made its way through the streets of Baltimore to the Holy Trinity Russian Independent Orthodox Church and on to Western Cemetery.

Mr. Pairo said Ms. Stevens was one of the oldest women in the tribe, and was respected as an elder.

Funeral plans were incomplete yesterday, and Mr. Pairo said family members were discussing what kind of service to hold.

Neighbors said Ms. Stevens lived a quiet life, and they described cars with out-of-state license plates frequently stopping by.

Gary Lehnhoff, owner of Lehnhoff's Exxon, down the street from Ms. Stevens' house, said she has known the family of the slain woman for 20 years.

"I've seen them at carnivals -- they mostly run games, you know with water balloons and squirt guns," he said. "They come over here and buy gasoline or borrow an air tank once in a while. They're pretty neighborly."

Eva Sain, 87, who lives across the street, said she only knew Ms. Stevens in passing, once when they met on the street and another time when she baby-sat her goldfish when Ms. Stevens went on vacation.

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