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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 16, 2005
Najai Turpin, a 23-year-old middleweight boxer from Philadelphia and a contestant on NBC's reality series The Contender, has committed suicide, Philadelphia police said yesterday. Turpin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 4 a.m. Monday while sitting in his car, parked around the corner from his house in West Philadelphia, said police Sgt. Ron McClane. He allegedly had had a fight with his girlfriend, who, an NBC spokeswoman said, was with him when he shot himself. Scheduled to premiere March 7, The Contender features 16 boxers vying for $1 million.
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The mother of a 38-year-old man who police say sneaked a gun into a Baltimore police station and committed suicide said she doesn't believe the department's version of events. "I don't feel that my son committed suicide," Verdessa McDougald said. On Tuesday, police said officers from the Baltimore-area Warrant Apprehension Task Force picked up Woodson because they had a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of attempted murder in a recent shooting. He was taken to the Southwestern District police station.
By A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 21, 1999
A Glen Burnie woman who was found fatally shot Sunday in the woods off Point Pleasant Road Sunday committed suicide, county police said yesterday.Detectives investigating the death of Mary Agnes Pennington, 38, had labeled it suspicious. A man walking with his children found her body near her home in the 900 block of Point Pleasant Road. A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was found nearby, police said.Evidence and interviews with family led police to conclude there was no foul play, investigators said.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
After Tom Linsenmeyer committed suicide in 2001, his brothers and sister decided the best way to keep the student-athlete's memory alive would be a run for charity. Now in its 12th year, Tom's 5K Reindeer Run raises thousands of dollars for Sarah's House, an emergency shelter for women and families in Anne Arundel County. On Saturday morning, about 300 runners braved the cold in sweatpants and headbands to run the 3.1-mile lap around West Laurel, with proceeds expected to be between $5,000 and $10,000.
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Peter Hermann contributed to this article | June 29, 1996
A Maryland state trooper committed suicide at his Odenton home yesterday while being questioned by Anne Arundel County police about a domestic dispute.Ronald M. Hawkins, 32, of the 500 block of Realm Court East was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital shortly before 2: 30 a.m.County police said they went to the Hawkins residence shortly before 1: 30 a.m. after Terrie A. Hawkins, Ronald's wife, called police. While Officer Paul White was talking to the couple to find out the reason for the argument, Mr. Hawkins ran upstairs to a second-floor bedroom.
By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2002
FREDERICK -- It was here in the Olson family back yard in 1975 that the world first learned the name of a man who, the story went, had been unwittingly drugged with LSD by the Central Intelligence Agency 22 years earlier and then jumped to his death from a 10th-floor hotel room. The Olsons -- among them Eric, the oldest child -- called a news conference. Reporters from throughout the country came to the house that Frank Olson had built and gathered around the picnic table to listen. Reporters heard that family patriarch Frank Olson, ostensibly an Army scientist, had committed suicide in 1953.
October 3, 1992
Bruce Vorhauer, 50, inventor of the Today contraceptive sponge who made millions and ran for the U.S. Senate but later fell on hard times, apparently committed suicide, authorities said. Mr. Vorhauer's caretaker found the body in his employer's car Thursday evening across from his island mansion on Salmon Lake.
April 28, 1994
An article in yesterday's Carroll section of The Sun incorrectly reported the age of Robin Debra Cherry, an Owings Mills, who woman facing charges in a murder case who police say committed suicide. She was 27.The Sun regrets the error.
BY SUN STAFF | December 1, 1999
A 29-year-old man and a woman who appeared to be in her 20s were found dead in a car on the parking lot of the Heartlands in Ellicott City yesterday after they apparently committed suicide by running a hose from the car's exhaust pipe into the car, Howard County police said.Police did not release the victims' names. They were trying to notify the man's family last night and had not been able to identify the woman.About 7 a.m. yesterday, an employee of the Heartlands senior apartment complex noticed the car in the 3000 block of N. Ridge Road with its windows fogged, police said.
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2003
A couple of years ago, life for Adam Kikpak in the Canadian Arctic Circle town of Kugluktuk was about little more than what he called "bad stuff" and "bad people." The teenager lived on a steady diet of drugs and alcohol, dropping in and out of school and stumbling into minor trouble. Then he picked up a lacrosse stick. "It really changed my life around," said Kikpak, now 18, sober and resolved to graduate from high school in 2005. "You feel good when you go back to school and you play sports."
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Update, Sept. 6:  Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the state medical examiner's office, confirmed on Friday morning that the manner of Josh Burdette's death was suicide. Concert venues are about the live music experience, but then again, they're not. We were reminded of this on Monday when 9:30 Club spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer confirmed the Washington venue's manager and "face of the Club" Josh Burdette had died on Sunday. He was 36. Judging from the immediate and emotional outpouring on social media, the death of Burdette -- the affable manager/head of security with the large ear plugs and heavily inked forearms who had been a 9:30 fixture since 1997 -- is a substantial loss for the club, the East Coast music scene and beyond.
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
A Baltimore man who was found suffering from a gunshot wound in Rosedale early Sunday morning had driven to the gas station where he collapsed onto the parking lot, Baltimore County police said Monday. Robert Wynder Jr., 23, of the 1700 block of Montpelier Ave., was shot in a different location before driving to a Shell gas station on Kenwood Avenue in a gold four-door Honda Civic, police said. Officers were called to the gas station at 4:28 a.m., where Wynder was suffering from at least one gunshot wound in front of the gas station.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Minutes after being pulled over by a state trooper on the side of Interstate 95 in White Marsh this week, 23-year-old Bel Air resident Scott Kampes was slumped over in the driver's seat of the car he was driving — fatally wounded from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to Maryland State Police. Police said the shot, from a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun found in Kampes' lap, was not heard by the two state troopers at the scene or by his uncle, who was also there.
By Carrie Wells and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
The man who shot himself at a Timonium gun range Thursday night committed suicide, Baltimore County police said Friday. Officers were called to the Continental Arms at 9603 Deereco Road shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday for reports of a shooting. A deceased adult male was found inside of the gun range. Police said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
After Regina Friend's son Roswell committed suicide last year, she was at least relieved to know that the loans he took out to pay for his Temple University degree were forgiven. But now, the Cockeysville woman has learned she faces a hefty tax bill on those canceled loans. "I thought I was done," she said. Then in June she spoke to her tax preparer, who told her that she will owe an estimated $14,000 to the Internal Revenue Service and the state comptroller on the loans she took out for her son. "I don't think there will ever be closure for what happened.
By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 19, 2012
What happened to Chavis Carter? It is a pregnant question, potentially even an explosive one. Carter died of a gunshot wound to the temple on the last Saturday in July, but the question about his death has only grown louder and more urgent since then. It is beginning to gather national attention. So we need an answer soon, either so that suspicions can be put to rest and some imperfect peace achieved, or so that suspicions can be validated and some equally imperfect justice sought.
December 18, 1994
The charred body of a man who may have committed suicide was found yesterday in a burning car in a parking lot of the Forest Hill Recreation Complex, 200 Rock Spring Church Road, sheriff's investigators said.Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company firefighters, sent to the lot after a caller reported a burning Pontiac Grand Prix about 11:15 a.m., found the body in the driver's seat.Sgt. Edward Hopkins of the Harford County Sheriff's Office said the body was so severely burned that medical examiners will have to use dental records to identify the victim.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
The killing of a woman in a Dewey Beach motel room this month appears to have been the result of a violent murder-suicide. Danielle Mehlman, 26, of Bensalem, Pa., was found dead about 10:45 a.m June 18 by a maid at the Atlantic Oceanside Motel in the 1700 block of Coastal Highway, which cuts through the center of the small Delaware vacation town north of Ocean City . A medical examiner has since ruled her death a homicide, caused by...
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
Regina Friend will don her son's ceremonial cap Thursday morning and take footsteps that were supposed to be his. The mere idea of those steps gives her chills, but she will take them. Her only child worked 41/2 years to earn a diploma from Temple University, and she will collect it, proud as any other parent in the room. "He's not here to accept it," the Cockeysville resident said. "So as his mother, and I'm still his mother, I need to get it for him. " Last August, Roswell Friend — Dulaney High graduate, college athlete, selfless friend, soon-to-be Temple alum — went for a run over a Philadelphia bridge and never came back.
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