Teen is found slain inside house


BALTIMORE -- Police were continuing their investigation into the apparent homicide yesterday of a 17-year-old male Baltimore Polytechnic Institute student whose body was found inside a house in the 900 block of Homestead St.

Police said the victim lived on the block but that his identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Police said the youth was reportedly shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 7 p.m.

It was not immediately known how long the teen-ager had been dead.

An autopsy was to be performed today to determine the time of death and perhaps the caliber of the bullets.

The body was found, police said, by the owner of the house when he entered a first-floor bedroom shortly after 6:30 p.m.

The landlord immediately called the police.

Police said an unknown quantity of unidentified narcotics was found in the room where the youth lay dead but that it was not immediately known if his death was drug-related.

Anyone with information about the youth's death is urged to call the city homicide squad at 396-2100 or the Northern District at 396-2455.

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