Rahman associate is found killed

Employee of boxer, along with a woman, discovered shot in car

March 01, 2002|By Lem Satterfield and Del Quentin Wilber | Lem Satterfield and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

An employee of former world heavyweight boxing champion Hasim S. Rahman and a woman were found shot to death early yesterday in the city's Park Heights area, in a car owned by the fighter, police said.

The victims, Oliver L. McCaffity Jr. and Lisa Renee Brown, both 28, were shot in the head and found about 2 a.m. in Rahman's wrecked 1999 Infiniti Q45 in an alley behind the 4500 block of Finney Ave., where police were investigating an accident report. The bodies were sitting in the front seat of the car.

At a news conference yesterday, Rahman expressed grief over the death of the employee, whom he called "a good associate," and said people need to focus on the killings, not his fame. "Basically, I'm here today because there was a tragedy last night, one of my employees was murdered," he said. "It's a sad day for me and my family and the victim's family. I basically want to set the record straight that this whole case is bigger than Hasim Rahman.

"Somebody was murdered last night, and I believe that that's where the focus should be," Rahman said. "I don't think the attention should be here on me. We should allow the police to do their job and bring somebody to justice. There are some unsolved homicides out there."

McCaffity was helping Rahman set up a clothing line called "Dreams" and a store on Eutaw Street downtown, the boxer said in an interview.

Rahman said he often let McCaffity use his car but did not know what the man was doing at the time of the shootings.

McCaffity, of the 100 block of Diener Place, was recalled yesterday by relatives as a "good kid" who grew up in West Baltimore, graduated from Forest Park High School in the early 1990s, and loved his 12-year-old daughter and 1-year-old adopted son.

McCaffity had a criminal record. Last month, he was sentenced to three years' probation for conspiracy to distribute cocaine in June 2000.

McCaffity and Brown, whose address could not be determined last night, were the city's 35th and 36th homicide victims of the year.

Rahman won the heavyweight crown in April but lost it in November. The boxer also has a criminal past - problems he has said he put behind him in the early 1990s, after a judge gave him probation instead of sending him to prison for drug possession, and after the birth of his first son.

Rahman, 29, was named, but not charged or arrested, in a federal investigation centering on a cousin and the laundering of $37,000 in suspected drug money in 1998, shortly before the relative was sent to prison. The U.S. Customs Service made the disclosure in a sworn statement in 1999 by an investigator trying to seize an investment account belonging to the cousin.

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