Police find man, woman shot to death in apartment

April 19, 2000|By Tim Craig and Mark Ribbing | Tim Craig and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF

The bodies of a man and woman who had been fatally shot were found early yesterday in an apartment in a quiet Northwest Baltimore neighborhood that has recently seen an unusual spate of homicides.

Robin Denise Brockington, 39, and Kevin Eldridge, 49, who lived in separate units in the building in the 3300 block of Dorithan Road, were identified through fingerprints, police said.

Detective Donald Kramer said they were found in Brockington's living room and may have been dead for at least two days.

Northwestern District police found the bodies after receiving a 911 call about 2: 20 a.m. from a neighbor who noticed Brockington's door ajar.

Police said the homicides are the third and fourth in less than a month in the stable, middle-class East Arlington neighborhood.

On March 27, Jonathan Wilson, 18, was shot to death in the 4000 block of Edgewood Road. On Saturday, Tavon Rice, 19, was fatally stabbed in the 3900 block of Edgewood. There have been no arrests.

"They have had a terrible rash of violence," said Maj. John J. McEntee Jr., Northwestern District commander. "That is a lot of violence in a very short period of time in a relatively quiet neighborhood."

He said police are not ruling out the possibility that the slayings are linked. "We are looking at any obvious connections," he said.

The major said a few low-profile street-level drug dealers operate in the neighborhood. But, he said, the community has never been troubled by open-air drug markets or nuisance dwellings.

McEntee described the apartment where the bodies were found as "neat and tidy."

He said several community leaders are concerned about the killings, and he talked with them yesterday.

"I have got concerns just like they do," he said.

The two deaths would be the 90th and 91st homicides of the year. There were 66 homicides at the same point last year.

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