Family mourns 14-year-old killed in stabbing during Sunday brawl

June 25, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Timothy Hood was big for a 14-year-old, and strong and fast enough on the football field to be courted as a player by area high schools, his family said.

But yesterday, the Randallstown youth was being mourned -- dead from a knife wound after an argument that turned into a brawl Sunday afternoon outside his apartment building.

Baltimore County police arrested Rodney Brewington, 21, of the first block of Tentmill Lane in Randallstown and charged him with first-degree murder after what police believed was a knife fight involving several men.

Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman, said the fight apparently arose from an incident earlier in the day in which two teen-age girls who were Timothy's neighbors made comments about Brewington's 18-year-old girlfriend.

"Brewington and his girlfriend later went to confront those two girls at their residence in the 3500 block of Foxcliff Court," Novak said. "During the argument, Brewington's girlfriend and one of the girls became involved in a fistfight."

Police said the fight turned into a free-for-all with about 10 people becoming involved.

Neighbors described Timothy as a courteous, peace-keeping young man. "He was everybody's child," said Parris Ellis, a friend of his mother.

Timothy's mother, Lisa Joseph, said she did not know anything about her son having a knife, and spoke tearfully of her only child who she said had received a football scholarship to attend Calvert Hall College High School in September.

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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