Family of slain teen offers reward for information

August 12, 2002|By Ben Piven | Ben Piven,SUN STAFF

The family of Woodlawn homicide victim David Baskin Jr. is offering a $5,000 reward in conjunction with Metro Crime Stoppers for information in the slaying.

Baskin was fatally shot in the back July 3 in the 2500 block of Elesmere Drive in Woodlawn. Police have no leads in the case.

"I'm coming out with a reward for my son who was violently gunned down. ... I ask that the community support us to get an arrest and conviction," said Brenda Baskin, the victim's mother.

The shooting, one day after the victim's 18th birthday, occurred a few blocks from the Baskin family's townhouse in the 2400 block of Barnesley Place in Woodlawn.

The Baskin family is offering the reward from a windfall after recently winning $50,000 in the Maryland Lottery.

"We're hoping this reward will jog someone's memory," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

At the time of the slaying, the victim was attending summer classes at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville. Brenda Baskin said that her son had planned to release a hip-hop compact disc with members of the group Forilla, and that he loved drawing, bicycles and computers.

"We have no answers right now, but we need to fight this war on gun violence," said Brenda Baskin. "We cannot keep turning our backs."

Anyone with information regarding the case was asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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