Girl, 15, charged in fatal stabbing of woman who broke up fight

October 24, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 15-year-old Northwest Baltimore girl was arrested yesterday and charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the stabbing death last week of a mother of two children, police said.

Fatrina Holloway of the 4700 block of Park Heights Ave. is accused of killing Natalie Nicole Trent outside Trent's apartment complex in the 3000 block of Thorndale Ave. about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

Police said that Trent broke up an argument between her 5-year-old son and a group of children and asked to speak to their parents.

The group left and returned with more children, police said.

Another argument erupted between the group and Trent, who was then stabbed, police said. Trent, 24, died at Sinai Hospital about a half-hour later.

Holloway was being processed at Central Booking and Intake Center last night, police said.

The teen-ager's aunt, Veronica Sparrow, said Holloway did not commit the crime and was a victim of mistaken identity.

"She is a gentle person," said Sparrow, 47. "She is not prone to violence. This is going to devastate the family."

Sparrow said Holloway was walking out of a store when she noticed a commotion in the 3000 block of Thorndale Ave. on Oct. 15.

She went to check it out and ran when she heard someone shouting about a gun, said her aunt.

"She was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Sparrow said. "She was nosy and looking to see what was going on. Now she's involved in a murder investigation."

Holloway is a ninth-grader at Frederick Douglass High School and had been living with her grandmother since her parents moved to Florida several years ago, according to her aunt.

"She wanted to finish high school here," Sparrow said.

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