After the altercation described by police, a neighbor called 911 about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, and said a police officer was calling for help on her front lawn in the 4000 block of Starbrook Road.

Neighbors along Starbrook Road said they were alarmed Wednesday night by a number of police cars blocking the street and a helicopter hovering overhead.

"The whole block was filled up," said Charles Preston, who lives across from where Brown was found in front of a small ranch-style home.

Jerry Stamper, 58, who was gone overnight, said he began receiving texts from neighbors saying a teen had died on the street.

He returned Thursday morning to find TV trucks rolling down his street, he said, a scene he described as "the most traffic we've seen."

After the altercation, Christopher Brown was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Chris Brown said Thursday afternoon that she had not been allowed to see her son's body, and that police identified him independently, simply notifying her he was dead.

"I'm just not sure if I will ever get the answers," she said.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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