17-year-old is 6th juvenile killed in the city in 2009

January 30, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Police said the victim of a fatal shooting in Northeast Baltimore on Wednesday night was a 17-year-old boy, the sixth juvenile killed this year.

Dewayne Lawrence was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle as it pulled out of the Cedonia Inn parking lot, in the 5900 block of Moravia Road, when a gunman began firing at the vehicle, police said. Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said "numerous rounds" struck the rear windows of the vehicle. Lawrence, of the 1600 block of Ramblewood Road, was hit at least once in the head.

Police responded about 11 p.m. and found Lawrence inside the vehicle in the 4900 block of Aberdeen Ave., about a half-mile away. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. Police knew of no motive or suspects. Lawrence's family could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The number of juvenile homicides in Baltimore this year is well ahead of last year's pace, when 26 juveniles were killed. The six deaths is also the most juvenile killings in a month since January 2006. Twenty-one adults and children have been killed this year, compared with 13 at this point last year.

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