Two children walking to school yesterday found the body of a man who had been stabbed at least 50 times lying near a side entrance to a Northwest Baltimore elementary school.
Officials at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School said the boy and girl, both 9, found the body in grass about 7:20 a.m. They ran to the principal's office, where staff members called police.
Teachers kept students who arrived for 8:30 a.m. classes away from the homicide scene, and a social worker and psychologist assigned to the school, in the 3700 block of Greenspring Ave., helped youngsters deal with the incident.
Principal Colyn H. Harrington sent a brief letter to parents describing the discovery and listing precautions that staff members took to keep students from seeing the body.
In the letter, she said that window shades were pulled down, blood stains were washed away quickly and class meetings were held to help students talk through the incident.
Ms. Harrington would not comment to reporters except to say that the school's 854 students "are doing fine."
Police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said the unidentified man, who appeared to be in his 30s and was clothed, had been stabbed "well over 50 times."
Investigators believe that the man was slain overnight, Officer Weinhold said. Police knew of no motive and had no suspects, he said.
It is the fifth time this school year that a body has been found on school property, and the third time that students have made the discovery.