Police identify slain brothers

2 men found shot in Edgewood condominium were `specific targets,' investigators say

September 22, 2006|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,sun reporter

After identifying the victims by their fingerprints, Harford County police released yesterday the names of two men found shot to death in an Edgewood condominium a week ago.

The victims were brothers Randolph Mendon Goodson, 30, and Waverly Corey Lewis, 19, New York City natives who had lived together in Harford for about a year, police said.

Investigators have yet to determine a motive but said the men were "specific targets."

"We cannot divulge how we determined that, but we are certain that they were specifically targeted," said Robert B. Thomas Jr., sheriff's spokesman.

Edgewood has been troubled by gang violence in recent years, but Thomas said he is not aware of a gang connection to the brothers. Investigators continue to explore a possible link between the victims and gang activity, police said. Police would not say whether either man had a criminal record in New York.

Goodson had been living in the rented condominium on Gold Meadow Way near U.S. 40 for about two years, police said, while Lewis moved in about a year ago. Police have not released any employment history information about either man.

A cousin discovered the bodies the afternoon of Sept. 14 in the bedroom of the residence. Another relative had last seen the brothers alive at 2 a.m. that day, police said.

Police will not disclose specifics of the shooting and did not comment on how many times the men were shot or where they sustained wounds. Because of the nature of the injuries, visual identification of the victims was not possible, Thomas said.

"Fingerprints were the only practical way to identify the bodies," Thomas said. "The relative who found them was not able to positively identify them at the scene."

When asked this week about the delay in identifying the men, Thomas said, "We had to wait on fingerprint information and confirmation from out of state."

An autopsy by the state medical examiner is expected to determine the cause of the deaths, but the results may not be known for a week, Thomas said.


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