Tests reveal slain student ingested cocaine


Patrick Benjamin Cawley, the 19-year-old Lutherville college student who was found shot in his car July 14 in North Baltimore and later died of his wounds, had used cocaine that night, the state medical examiner said yesterday.

Toxicologic tests revealed that Mr. Cawley, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest, had ingested "a significant amount" of cocaine a few hours earlier, said Dr. John E. Smialek, chief state medical examiner.

The test results "clearly indicate he had used it very recently," Dr. Smialek said. He said there was no clear evidence how the cocaine was ingested.

"We're shocked and stunned, disappointed, angry," said James Cawley, the victim's father. "After the loss of our son, this is sort of a second blow. We certainly didn't think that he was involved in anything like that.

"I think at this point, we just don't want Patrick's name drawn through the mud," Mr. Cawley said.

He recalled the "tremendous tribute to [Patrick] at the funeral" attended by more than 1,000 people, mostly friends his son had made at Loyola High School, which he graduated from in 1993, and at St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, which he attended at the time of his death.

"It still is a crime . . . he was shot and murdered after all," Mr. Cawley said. "One of our major concerns is finding out who did this."

Mr. Cawley's death has puzzled homicide detectives, who have been trying to determine what he did in the last hours of his life.

Police said Mr. Cawley left his parents' Lutherville home about 7:30 p.m July 14. He was found about 10:55 p.m. by residents near the corner of Clearspring and Orkney Roads in Govans after his car hit two parked cars.

Mr. Cawley died about an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said it appeared he had been shot from outside the car. Detectives said last week that they were investigating reports of drug-related activities in the area that might provide a motive.

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