Homicide Victims In City Identified

August 04, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Police have identified three recent homicide victims, bringing to five the total number of people killed over the past weekend as violence continued on the city's West Side.

Among the victims was Marcella Lawson, 64, who was found behind a vehicle that was being taken away by a tow truck driver.

An officer had called for the tow truck after noticing the Honda Accord with its lights on in the 2800 block of Edgecombe Circle North, in Northwest Baltimore, and determining it was abandoned, said Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

Her body was later found near a chain link fence near Edgecombe Park. Lawson, of the 800 block of Harlem Ave., had suffered significant head injuries, and police said Monday that she had been shot.

Lawson's son, Shawn Williams, said she was a retired social worker and mother of two who was "old in age but young in spirit."

"She was friendly - always happy, always willing to help somebody," said Williams, 42.

Williams said family members didn't know why she might have been targeted. Court records show she pleaded guilty to a drug charge in 2006 and received probation before judgment after a 1999 arrest, but did not otherwise have a criminal record.

Police also said that a 25-year-old shot at a tire store in West Baltimore died Sunday from his injuries. Steven Eldridge, of the 2500 block of W. Lanvale St., was found in the doorway of Scott's Tire in the 2100 block of Edmondson Ave. about 4 p.m. Saturday, Monroe said.

He was unresponsive and transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:47 p.m. Sunday, Monroe said.

An 18-year-old shot in the back Sunday afternoon in the 800 block of Allendale St., in Southwest Baltimore, was identified as Cortez Smith, who lived in the block where the shooting took place.

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