Death of woman, 68, and man's shooting at barbershop add to homicide total

January 23, 2012|By Justin Fenton

The death of a 68-year-old woman, who died of complications from injuries suffered when she was set on fire by her son, has been added to Baltimore's homicide total, while detectives were investigating two weekend shootings. 

Police said Audrey Collins died in September from injuries suffered in May when her son, Genesis, set himself on fire and jumped onto her at their home in the 3800 block of Cottage Ave. in Northwest Baltimore. Genesis Collins Jr., who police say poured gasoline on his own head, survived the incident and is awaiting trial after being charged in June.

Collins, according to an obituary posted online, was originally from North Carolina and worked in nursing and at a distribution center. "Audrey was well known for her famous cooking and outgoing personality. She knew how to bring people together," the obituary says. She was survived by her husband, Genesis Sr. and two children.

Court records show Audrey Collins had sought protective orders from her son on multiple occasions since 2002. 

The state medical examiner's office notified police of Audrey Collins' death last week, and it has been added to this year's homicide total. Police count the death for the year in which the agency is notified of the medical examiner's ruling, and each year several deaths that occurred in previous years are added to the total. This is so revisions are not made to information from past years. 

Police were also investigating two shootings that occurred over the weekend, one of which was fatal. 

Dominic Hope, 32, of the 2800 block of Booker Dr., died Friday night after being shot inside a barber shop in the 1600 block of W. Baltimore St. A second man, 37, was also wounded in the shooting. Police don't have a motive, and the case was open. 

On Sunday night, homicide detectives were dispatched to the 800 block of George St. in the Upton neighborhood for a report of a shooting. They found a 36-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including three wounds to his neck and multiple injuries to his lower body. He was listed in critical but stable condition. 

Police also identified the man whose body was found on a playground on Wednesday night by a man walking his dog in the 4300 block of Cedargarden Rd. in Southwest Baltimore. Police said the victim was James Rice, 18, whose last known address officials said was unknown. 

Homicide detectives have solved two of this year's nine homicides - Audrey Collins' death and the death of a Joseph Curtis, who was beaten in 2006 and died in 2011. 

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