Children mourn slain child, mayor calls alleged role of officer "disgusting"

March 08, 2012|By Peter Hermann

The children gathered to remember 13-year-old Monae Turnage as the rest of the city wonders what exactly an off-duty Baltimore police officer did to allegedly help the girl's classmates who are charged with involuntary manslaughter in her shooting.

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Police officials have confirmed that the officer, identified by law enforcement sources as John A. Ward, 32, a four year veteran of the force who sometimes patrolled the very Darley Park neighborhood where Monae was shot, is part of an extensive criminal investigation.

Monae's brother found her body Sunday evening; police believe she was shot and killed Saturday night inside a house on Darley Avenue while two boys were playing with a rifle. Police said her body was dragged outside and hidden under trash bags until it was discovered 19 hours later. Police sources have said the .22 caliber gun resembling an AK-47 assault rifle was found in the off-duty officer's car.

Attempts to reach the officer have been unsuccessful by reporters and members of the police union, where lawyers have been trying to reach him for days. He has been suspended. The youths were charged as juveniles.

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