Youth found slain in East Baltimore rowhouse

March 12, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old Patterson High School student and standout wrestler who aspired to attend college on an athletic scholarship was found slain yesterday morning in his East Baltimore rowhouse, city police said.

Kevan Fletcher Jr. had been dead for several hours when he was discovered by a friend about 8:10 a.m. in the home on the 2500 block of Orleans St., police said. Fletcher had suffered head trauma and might have been shot, police said.

Fletcher's friend told police he was going to walk with the teen to catch a bus for school, but got no answer when he knocked. The boy said he peeked inside and saw his friend lying in the living room, then ran home and called police.

Detectives said they knew of no motive or suspects.

Fletcher was a solid student at Patterson, relatives said, and enjoyed writing rap lyrics and wrestling. He joined the school's varsity team two years ago and qualified for the state tournament both years. This season, he was the second-best wrestler in city high schools in the 152-pound class.

His mother, Beverly Castle, 39, said that after wrestling practice, Fletcher liked to come home and listen to rap music and write lyrics. He kept out of trouble, she said.

"He was a quiet person who stayed to himself. I can't understand why someone would want to take his life like that," she said.

Fletcher's coach, Troy Stevenson, said the teen might have been able to win a college scholarship. "He practiced every day. He was well-liked by team members. ... I could count on him in big-time matches."

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Detective Vernon Parker, 410-396-2100.

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