N.E. Baltimore couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

Couple's two children at home during attack

October 27, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Northeast Baltimore woman was stabbed to death yesterday afternoon by her husband, who then killed himself, police said.

Police were called around noon to the home of Johnny E. Smith Jr., 43, and Gina Smith, 34, in the 3000 block of Rueckert Ave., said police spokesman Kevin Enright. They were both pronounced dead at the scene of knife wounds, he said.

The couple's two children, a 16-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, were at the home when officers arrived, he said.

"The initial investigation shows a history of domestic problems," Enright said.

Gina Smith worked for a catering company, and Johnny Smith had been laid off from his job at Comcast, neighbors and police said.

The family's next-door neighbor, Rosemary Brozena, said she had not seen any sign of previous disturbances at the Smith's beige Victorian home. She said Gina Smith's sister and her mother, Josephine Brown, also lived with the family.

Brozena said she was in her kitchen yesterday when she heard children's screams at the Smith home. She went outside and found the children on their front porch "screaming and crying."

"It's very shocking," said Brozena, who has lived on Rueckert Avenue for 45 years. "They were a very quiet family."

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