A 16-year-old boy, on his way to work at a Catonsville nursing home, was shot to death yesterday morning in West Baltimore, city police said.
Arthur Quincy Samuel of the 1200 block of Slater Road in South Baltimore left his grandmother's house on Edgewood Street, where he stayed overnight, at about 8 a.m. yesterday, police said. He was riding his bicycle in the 500 block of Wildwood Parkway when he was shot in the chest.
Homicide Detective Michael Hammel said the mortally wounded youth managed to pedal his bike to the alley behind the 500 block -- possibly to escape his assailant -- where he collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
City homicide detectives said they had several leads in their search for a suspect and a motive in the killing.
"We are looking into some incidents the boy was involved in recently to see if any may have been cause for someone to kill him," said Hammel.
A student athlete at Southwestern High School, Samuel reportedly became involved in a dispute Tuesday night while playing basketball at a Catonsville recreation center, Hammel said.
"We know about that incident and are looking into it as well as other leads," he said.
Samuel worked part time at the Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in the 5700 block of Edmondson Ave.
John Burleigh, administrator of the nursing home, described Samuel as a reliable and pleasant young man.
"Arthur worked in the housekeeping and dietary departments and got along very well with other members of the staff and the residents," Burleigh said.
He said the entire staff at Ridgeway Manor was saddened when they heard Arthur had been killed.
"We'll miss him," Burleigh said.
Pub Date: 8/22/96