Five killed in the city in separate incidents

Crimes yesterday include beatings, 3 fatal shootings

September 29, 2004|By Richard Irwin and Ryan Davis | Richard Irwin and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

Five people were slain yesterday in unrelated city homicides, including two mothers whose children found them gravely injured from apparent beatings, police said.

One victim, Leslie Berger, was lying unresponsive in a bedroom amid signs of a struggle and had multiple injuries to her upper body when her 14-year-old son returned about noon to their home at the Arbour Oaks apartment in the 5600 block of McClean Blvd., said homicide Detective Vernon Parker.

The son found a maintenance man who called police. Berger died about 1 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The other woman, Darlene Burke, 31, suffered severe head injuries and was found about 11:30 a.m. by her 15-year-old daughter in a bedroom at their home in the 600 block of Savage St. Burke died last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said the attack appeared to be the result of a domestic dispute and that a suspect was being questioned last night.

Police said the day's first slaying victim, a 33-year-old man, was fatally shot on a street in Northwest Baltimore by someone who stole his motorized scooter.

Glenford Montague of the 4000 block of Eierman Ave. was found about 1:30 a.m. by officers responding to a report of a hit-and-run accident in the 3000 block of Reisterstown Road, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Montague died at Shock Trauma at 1:54 a.m. Doctors there discovered he had been shot in the back, police said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., a man believed to be in his 50s was shot three times in the head while standing in the 4500 block of Harcourt Road in Northeast Baltimore. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

About 10:20 p.m., officers found a man lying in the 700 block of N. Monroe St. They said he had been shot in the 1800 block of Raynor Ave., ran to Monroe Street and collapsed, and died at Shock Trauma.

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