Woman found slain in her Brooklyn home Victim, 91, was beaten

house appeared ransacked

July 01, 1998|By Peter Hermann and Kirsten Scharnberg | Peter Hermann and Kirsten Scharnberg,SUN STAFF

A 91-year-old woman was found beaten to death in her Brooklyn home yesterday, and Baltimore police said it appeared someone had forced his way in and ransacked her rowhouse. But police were unable to say if anything had been stolen.

Police identified the woman as Leona Gask Klimm, who lived alone in the 3500 block of 4th St., off Patapsco Avenue.

"Everyone thought she was one of the nicest women they had ever met," said Buck Terry, who has lived in the neighborhood five years. "What did she ever do to deserve something like this?

"God will deal with them, though, you can bet on that."

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said a neighbor who was worried because he hadn't seen Klimm in about a day called one of the woman's friends. The friend found the woman lying in a front room of the first floor about 10: 30 a.m.

Cook-Hayes said there were signs of injuries on the woman's body but declined to elaborate. She also said there appeared to be forced entry into the house, but she would not say how.

Lisa Lang, who lives across the street, said she heard screams Monday about 9 p.m. and saw a man and a woman sitting on Klimm's front steps.

"I didn't really think much of it, said Lang, who told police about the incident yesterday. "Those people I saw sitting on the steps were around the house another couple hours and then I saw them just walk down the street and leave."

Crime on 4th Street, many neighbors said, has become increasingly common.

"We see drugs and prostitutes and people running around at all hours of the night," said Betty Zornak, who has lived there since 1966. "The older people who have always kept this neighborhood nice are dying out, and things are just getting worse and worse."

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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