Man shot near home dies at city hospital

Victim, 19, was wounded once in abdomen as he talked with several men

October 30, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber and Richard Irwin | Del Quentin Wilber and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Northeast Baltimore man died early yesterday after being shot once in the abdomen while hanging out with several men a few doors from his home, city police said yesterday.

William Parker, 19, was shot about 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Fenwick Ave. and died at 12:04 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

Police said they had no suspects and knew of no motive in the shooting.

Parker's mother, Shirley Parker, said her son grew up on Tivoly Avenue and moved to Fenwick Avenue about four years ago. He attended Lake Clifton-Eastern High School but did not graduate, she said.

Parker was planning to earn a high school equivalency certificate through Baltimore City Community College and then take a few college courses, his mother said.

The victim was known as an outgoing person and a "jokester," his mother said.

"He was always trying to get people to laugh," she said. "He loved to tell jokes. Sometimes he loved to play pranks."

Parker, known as "Big Worm" by his friends, enjoyed playing football and basketball but could not play in high school because he had high blood pressure, Shirley Parker said.

In another incident, Baltimore police are investigating the death yesterday morning of a man who was assaulted the night of Sept. 17, Cook-Hayes said.

Ronnie Roles, 45, of the 200 block of Douglass Court was found with a "blunt force" injury to his left temple in the 1700 block of N. Calhoun St., Cook-Hayes said.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 5:45 a.m. yesterday, she said.

Homicide detectives are awaiting results of an autopsy, the spokeswoman said.

Anyone with information about either death is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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