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Woman, 74, beaten to death in her city home Night's homicide total is four; three men are shot


A 74-year-old woman found beaten to death at her home and two men who were shot several times in their apartment were among the four latest victims of Baltimore homicides late last night and early today, city police reported.

Also slain was an unidentified man in his late teens or early 20s who was shot to death on a northeast Baltimore street.

Police had no suspects in any of the cases early today.

Police identified the woman as Jeromia B. O'Neal, who lived alone in the 1200 block of N. Caroline St. in East Baltimore. Her body was found shortly after midnight by a family member, police said.

It appears that Ms. O'Neal was beaten by a robber, although it was not known if anything was taken, police said. Ms. O'Neal had been struck with a blunt object. Police said they were not sure how long she had been dead before her body was found.

Investigators said they were interviewing family members and friends of the victim to determine when she was last seen alive. An autopsy was to be performed today by the state Medical Examiner's office.

In another incident, two men, both in their 20s, were shot to death between 9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. last night at their basement apartment in the 5200 block of Bowleys Lane in northeast Baltimore.

A neighbor discovered the bodies and called police. Both men, whose names were being withheld pending notification of relatives, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators found a bag containing several ounces of marijuana in the apartment, but said it isn't known if the marijuana had anything to do with the slayings. Detectives said they had no witnesses and knew of no apparent motive for the killings.

Police said the men lived in the apartment in the rear of a three-story brick unit.

Shortly before 10 p.m., in another section of northeast Baltimore, an unidentified man was shot once and killed in the 4300 block of Moravia Road, detectives said. The man was found lying in the street, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they know of no witnesses or motive for the slaying and were still trying to determine the victim's identity early today. The man carried no identification, police said.

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