High school student, 16, is fatally shot near his mother's home in E. Baltimore

October 28, 2004|By Richard Irwin and Ryan Davis | Richard Irwin and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old student at Harbor City East, whom friends described as a "good kid," was fatally shot yesterday afternoon by an unknown assailant on a street less than 200 yards from his mother's home in an East Baltimore low-rise public housing community.

Police said Raymond Savoy of the 1600 block of Spray Court, in the west-side Gilmor Homes public housing complex, was the 31st juvenile killed in the city this year.

No arrest had been made and police said they knew of no motive for the youth's killing.

Officers responding to reported gunshots about 4 p.m. in the Perkins complex in the 200 block of Ballou Court arrived to find the teenager lying on the sidewalk next to the wall of a nearby apartment building in the 200 block of S. Caroline St.

Police said it appeared Savoy was attempting to reach his mother's home when he fell to the pavement.

Savoy was pronounced dead minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his mother and other relatives quickly arrived, police said.

He was a 10th-grader at Harbor City East, in the Lake Clifton-Eastern high school complex, according to city schools spokeswoman Edie House.

His mother declined to be interviewed last night. "She's very upset, and maybe she'll be able to talk about Raymond later," said a friend who answered the door.

House described Savoy as a popular student. Vanessa Pyatt, another school spokeswoman, said the Harbor City East principal recalled seeing Savoy in school yesterday.

Anyone with information about the killing was urged to call Detective Michael Hammel at 410-396-2100.

Sun staff writer Liz Bowie contributed to this article.

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