Police call deaths a murder-suicide

City's homicide total hits 215 for year

September 11, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun Reporter

Baltimore police said a preliminary investigation showed that a man fatally shot his girlfriend in their Northeast Baltimore home early yesterday, escorted their two children to a relative's house, and then returned to the home to kill himself.

Police responded to the house in the 3600 block of Elmley Ave., a few blocks north of the Erdman Shopping Center, about 12:15 a.m. Relatives had called the police after breaking into the home and finding the man and woman fatally wounded. Police identified the female victim as Khonji Walton, 27.

The man was identified as 36-year-old Antonio Clyburn.

Sterling Clifford, a police spokesman, said detectives believe that the man shot the woman and then took his two children to a relative's house. He told the children that he was going to jail for a long time and would not see them, Clifford said.

Then, police believe, Clyburn returned to the house and shot himself, a preliminary investigation showed.

Clifford said detectives believe that Walton had been in the process of breaking off her relationship with Clyburn, and had put his belongings out of the house.

She was the city's 215th homicide victim this year. At the same time last year, 190 people had been killed, according to police statistics.

A relative of Walton who answered the phone at her mother's house declined to comment yesterday afternoon.

Also yesterday, city police said that a man who was injured in a shooting late last month in Southwest Baltimore died from his wounds Friday afternoon, and police classified his death as a homicide, a police spokesman said.

The victim, Barry O. Newman, 29, was shot Aug. 31 in the 200 block of S. Calhoun St. Witnesses told police that they heard gunshots and then saw him stagger down the street and collapse. Preliminary reports indicated that Newman might have been arguing with another unidentified man, a police spokesman said.

Paramedics took Newman to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he had been listed in critical but stable condition. He had suffered several gunshot wounds to his upper body, and doctors had to remove a lung, police said.

He died at 12:15 p.m. Friday, according to police spokesman Agent Donny Moses.

Newman was the city's 214th homicide victim.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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