Man, pregnant woman slain

Police seek public's help in shootings of pair from Carroll

April 24, 2006|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER

Noontime gunfire claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and her male companion yesterday in West Baltimore, and city police were seeking the public's help in finding their killer.

The victims, Jennifer Lynne Morelock, 25, of New Windsor and Jason David Woycio, 29, of Westminster, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the man was pronounced dead shortly after arrival and Morelock died about 5 p.m., said Detective Michael Baier of the homicide squad.

Baier said Morelock was about six months pregnant and that efforts to save the fetus failed. He said that it died in the womb - and under Maryland law, because the fetus had not drawn a breath of air, its death is not considered a homicide.

The detective said he hoped the public would respond to news of the deaths with information that would hasten identification of a suspect.

"We really need the public's help on this one," Baier said. He said Morelock had a 15-month- old daughter who lives with Morelock's husband, from whom she was separated. Baier said Woycio was a friend of Morelock's.

Based on an initial investigation, Baier said the woman had driven a car to the neighborhood with Woycio seated in the front passenger seat, and had parked on the north side of the 2500 block of Arunah Ave. near Whitmore Avenue.

The detective said Morelock had stepped out and was a few feet from the vehicle when she was shot multiple times in the upper body and fell on the sidewalk in front of a home. The gunman then fired shots into the car, hitting Woycio, who slumped on the seat.

Baier said there was no sign that either victim was robbed. He said it was not known why the couple was in the neighborhood, where Morelock was heading when she was shot or if she was to meet someone.

Coy Johnson, a resident of the 2500 block of Arunah, said he heard several shots about noon and thought it was children setting off firecrackers. About 15 minutes later, he said, he looked toward Whitmore Avenue and saw the street blocked by police cars.

"I never go out of my house when I hear gunshots," said the 86-year-old chemical company retiree.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410- 276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the slayings.

richard.irwin@baltsun.com

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