Annapolis girl, 16, found fatally shot in apartment

May 12, 2004|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,SUN STAFF

Annapolis police are investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was discovered early yesterday in a neighbor's apartment.

The body of Traykia Jones of the 100 block of Obery Court was found shortly before 2 a.m. in an upstairs bedroom of her next-door neighbor's apartment, police said.

Traykia was pronounced dead at the scene. The state medical examiner's autopsy report, returned to police yesterday afternoon, showed Traykia was a homicide victim who died from at least one gunshot wound.

Police have no suspects in the killing -- the first in Annapolis this year.

Officer Hal Dalton, the city police spokesman, said Traykia left the apartment she shared with her aunt late Monday evening and went next door, telling relatives and friends that she wanted a quiet place to sleep. According to friends, Traykia often slept at the adjacent apartment, where a female friend lives with her three children.

On Monday night, however, the apartment was empty when Traykia arrived, Dalton said. At 1:52 a.m., a male friend of Traykia's went to check on her, and called police when he found her, naked and bleeding from the ear and head, Dalton said.

Investigators found no evidence of forced entry into the apartment, but police said the front door likely was unlocked. Dalton also said police have no evidence of sexual assault.

Yesterday afternoon, Obery Court residents who gathered in the courtyard of the mustard-colored public housing complex -- littered with scraps of garbage and a few children's toys -- said they were stunned to hear about a killing in a neighborhood where violent crime is rare.

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