City police identify woman, 18, fatally stabbed in Remington

She was studying nursing at Coppin State University

  • Jhoma Blackwell
Jhoma Blackwell (Photo from Myspace )
March 30, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Police have identified the 18-year-old woman found stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon in her home in North Baltimore's Remington neighborhood.

The body of Jhoma Blackwell was found about 4:30 p.m. by relatives. Police said the Coppin State University nursing student had been stabbed multiple times.

Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman, said investigators "believe that this is not a random act of violence." Neighbors said they had heard fighting earlier.

Blackwell had been a student since the fall, said Coppin spokeswoman Tiffany Jones. At a community walk Wednesday night, Dep. Maj. Richard Worley said police did not have any insight into the crime.

Before the walk, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told residents, "We're doing everything we can to get to the bottom of it."

"I don't know what the circumstances are — no one does — but if it is a domestic-related incident, I hope that the work we're doing with … tracking domestic violence cases in the city will help prevent something like this," she said.

The killing was one of three being investigated by Baltimore police, including the death of Durrell Roach, 31, who was identified as the man shot multiple times in the Frankford Gardens Shopping Center in the 5400 block of Sinclair Lane. Roach's last known address was in the 5400 block of Knell Ave.

Police were also investigating the Wednesday afternoon shooting of a 31-year-old man in the 700 block of Washington Blvd. in Pigtown, not far from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in "extremely critical condition" and not expected to survive.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the man was in the parking lot of a dollar store before 3 p.m. when he and two others got into an altercation that escalated.

"It does not appear that it was a random attack of a store customer," Guglielmi said.

He said the assailants fled in an SUV and that police were checking security cameras in the area.

Forty-one people have been killed in Baltimore in 2011, one more than at this time last year. Police had made no arrests in this week's cases.

Baltimore Sun reporter Liz F. Kay contributed to this article.

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