Motorcycle accident victims identified

Pregnant woman, 19, operator were killed

April 10, 1999|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Police identified the two people killed in a motorcycle-pedestrian accident Thursday night as Jenise Harris, 19, and Charles Magnum Jr., 32, both of Baltimore.

Harris, who was five months pregnant, lived in the 1600 block of N. Washington St. in East Baltimore. Magnum, whose motorcycle struck her while he was racing with another motorcyclist, lived in the 2000 block of Sinclair Lane in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

Investigators recovered both motorcycles near the scene but have not found the other racer, said police spokesman Scott Rowe.

A dozen members of the Harris family and friends gathered to grieve yesterday in the rowhouse where she lived with her mother, Denise Harris, her brothers, her sister and several young nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed baby-sitting for.

Hours later, they were to attend an evening candlelight vigil in the victim's memory at the scene of her death, at North Avenue and Castle Street.

Despite Harris' pregnancy, her mother said, she was determined to earn her high school equivalency diploma in June.

"There was a glow over her," Harris said. "She was going to make me proud, cap and gown, pregnant and all."

Harris' father, Darryl, said he had traded phone messages with his daughter when she reported that she was pregnant.

"But I never got the chance to see her," he said, shaking his head and leaning on the marble stairs.

Besides her parents, Harris' survivors include a sister, Deshawn Blackmon, and two brothers, Franklin Blackmon and Darryl Harris Jr.

A fund for funeral expenses has been set up through First Union Bank, 1726 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore 21239.

Magnum family members declined to comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 4/10/99

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