Victims' families return to scenes of slayings to get answers

April 30, 1995|By Ed Brandt | Ed Brandt,Sun Staff Writer

The anger and the tears erupted like a sudden summer thunderstorm as Lynn Rollins recounted the death of her son on a hot July afternoon last year.

Derrick Sutton, a maintenance man and chef, was 34 when someone came up behind him and shot him in the back in the 3200 block of Chelsea Terrace.

"He was dead when he hit the ground," Ms. Rollins said yesterday, tears running down her cheeks. "No one knows who did it or why."

Ms. Rollins was among a bus load of homicide victims' families and friends who went to the scene of the crimes that took away their loved ones. Fathers, mothers and siblings walked the city streets, putting up posters soliciting information on the unsolved slayings.

The tour was sponsored by Metro Crime Stoppers and the city police department. Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization that raises reward money, is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to the conviction of the killers.

"We want to show them that we're not going to forget them and that we want to help them," said city police Sgt. Jack Kincaid, who organized the tour.

"There is no respect on the streets," Ms. Rollins said. "I was brought up to understand you were punished for your misdeeds. People have to stop being scared and stand up to these people."

Seungbok Chung was also weeping quietly as she stood in front of the Clifton Food Market in the 2700 block of Harford Road.

Her husband, Ok Moon Chung, 47, was shot to death Feb. 24 in the market while she was in the rear of the store cutting meat. She now runs the store herself. He is survived by a son, 14, and daughter, 15.

"It was three men. They just shot him and took $100. Is $100 worth a life?" said Kenneth Lee of Mr. Chung's death.

Mr. Lee's son, Joel, 21, was slain during a street robbery in the 7000 block of McClean Blvd. in September 1993, and Mr. Lee was on the bus to give support to Mrs. Chung and others.

"We have to work together to solve the problem," said Mr. Lee, who works for the Army Corps of Engineers. His son, a Towson State University senior, was on his way to borrow a book from a friend when he was held up by four young men. Shot in the face, he died instantly. Davon Antonio Neverdon, 19, of Baltimore will go on trial in the slaying next month.

Carlos Spence was 29 when he was shot five times in the head in November in the 1400 block of N. Montford St. He is survived by a 9-year-old son.

"Somebody knows something," said his mother, Violet Spence. "I won't rest until we find out who did it."

Jermaine Crooks was 18 when he went to buy candy at a store in the 1000 block of E. Hoffman St. He was shot in the head from behind and killed. He is survived by a 3-year-old daughter. The assailant, who also shot and injured two men outside the store, has not been caught.

"I know the pain of losing a loved one," said his mother, Maxine Crooks. "It's too late for me, but maybe this will help someone else."

As she handed out reward posters, crowds of curious children watched the proceedings and held their hands out for the posters. Marvin Madison, an unemployed maintenance man, came up to complain about the constant violence in the neighborhood near Greenmount Avenue and Preston Street.

"All night long it goes on," he said. Bob Beahm, president of Metro Crime Stoppers, said the organization has paid $300,000 in reward money since its inception in 1981.

"We've helped to close 1,800 cases," he said.

Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 276-8888.

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