Teens arrested in killing of high school wrestler

March 14, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore teen-agers were charged yesterday with killing a Patterson High School wrestler who was found shot to death in his East Baltimore home Monday morning, police said.

Michael Lowe, 18, of the 100 block of N. Luzerne Ave. and Norman Francis, 14, of the 3600 block of E. Fayette St. were both charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kevan M. Fletcher, 17. Francis was charged as an adult.

Fletcher was found shot in his living room in a rowhouse in the 2500 block of Orleans St. by a friend, police said.

Fletcher and the teen-agers knew each other, but officials offered no motive for the slaying. The teens also were charged with attempted murder in an unrelated shooting Sunday of a 19-year-old in the 100 block of N. Lakewood Ave., police said.

Lowe was arrested Tuesday night on a warrant in the shooting and then questioned by homicide detectives. Francis was arrested early yesterday. Both are being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, officials said.

Fletcher was a solid student at Patterson and enjoyed writing rap music lyrics and wrestling, his relatives have said. A junior, he joined the school's varsity team two years ago. This season, he placed second in the city wrestling championships in the 152-pound class.

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