Police make arrest in killing of woman whose body was near school football field in Northeast Baltimore

Baltimore police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the killing of a woman whose body was found near a school football field in Northeast Baltimore on Tuesday.

Police arrested Christopher Rather, of the 6600 block of Knottwood Court, and charged him with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

Rather’s arrest came after police responded to a report of an unconscious person in the 2400 block of Westfield Ave. at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Officers found Jasmine Morris, 20, who was not breathing and showed signs of trauma, according to police. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

The field sits about a half-mile from Reginald F. Lewis High School in Hamilton Hills. The field also houses two other school programs: Achievement Academy and Success Academy, according to a city schools spokesperson.

Police are also investigating a shooting death that occurred Tuesday afternoon. At about 1:30 p.m., officers responded to the 5400 block of Cedonia Ave. for a report of a shooting. They found a male victim with gunshot wounds and transported him to a local hospital, where he died.

Homicide detectives are investigating both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2100, contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or text tips to 443-902-4824.

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