Hopkins school of medicine honors slain researcher

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will honor the work of Stephen Pitcairn on Wednesday, almost three months after the researcher was fatally stabbed while walking to his Charles Village apartment.

In addition to a slideshow tribute at the school of medicine, Pitcairn's lab colleagues, the school's dean and presidents of Hopkins past and present — University President Ronald J. Daniels and former president William C. Richardson — are scheduled to reflect on the young man's life.

The program is set to start at 3:45 p.m.

The Florida native, a researcher at a cell engineering laboratory on the Johns Hopkins medical campus, was on the phone with his mother, Gwen Pitcairn, about 11 p.m. July 25 when he was confronted by a man and a woman in the 2600 block of St. Paul St., police say. His mother listened as he pleaded with the robbers and was stabbed in the chest.

Lavelva Merritt, 24, and John Alexander Wagner, 37, the Baltimore couple accused in his death, are scheduled for trial on murder, assault and robbery charges early next year.

According to community members, a memorial scholarship fund has been created in Pitcairn's name, to honor his work in cell research.

In earlier versions of this article, the name of the former Hopkins president William C. Richardson was misstated. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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