Two slayings bring death toll to 72


Baltimore's homicide toll has grown by two with the deaths of a 19-year-old man who was shot while on his way to visit a girlfriend and a 51-year-old man beaten to death while walking along a street.

The latest killing occurred just before 2 a.m. yesterday as Wendell "Toby" Wilson left his home in the 4800 block of Poe Avenue in Northwest Baltimore to walk through a known drug trafficking area to visit his 17-year-old girlfriend, said Dennis S. Hill, a Baltimore police spokesman.

The young man was approached by several people -- one of whom pulled out a long-barrel, .22-caliber revolver and fired six shots, striking Mr. Wilson once in the neck and hand.

The other slaying occurred late Wednesday. Police said Albert Moffatt, 51, was walking in the 1100 block of McDonogh Street just before midnight when he was attacked by several people who beat him over the head with two boards.

Police said they had neither a motive nor suspect in either slaying.

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