University offers $3,000 for information on killing; Donations are growing for scholarship fund honoring dental student


The University of Maryland, Baltimore announced yesterday it was offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a dental student last weekend, as city police released details of its investigation.

David J. Ramsay, president of the university's Baltimore campus, made the announcement, saying that the school's dental students also have been contributing money to a scholarship fund established in Christian W. Ludwig's name.

Ludwig, 26, was stabbed to death about 3 a.m. Saturday when he tried retrieve a purse stolen from a female friend in the Ridgelys Delight neighborhood near the campus.

"This tragic death has really affected the whole campus," Ramsay said. "I've never seen such a coming together of a student body in my whole career."

The reward donation brings to $5,000 the total amount offered by Metro Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest.

City homicide detectives said that as early as today they might release a composite sketch of a suspect in the case.

"We have several people that we are looking at very strongly, but we are still in the initial fact-finding process," said Lt. Richard Fahlteich.

The lead investigator in the case, Detective Joseph Jefferson, said, "Right now, we're looking for one person, but that's not to say more than one person wasn't involved."

Detectives also confirmed they have recovered a knife but said they do not know whether it was used in the crime. Police refused to describe the knife.

University Police Chief James P. Nestor said yesterday that some of the school's video cameras occasionally point in the general direction of the stabbing site, in the 200 block of Emory St., next to the Babe Ruth Museum.

But Nestor said foliage and the distance between the school's cameras and the site would have prevented any of the cameras from capturing the crime on video.

The cameras are monitored but record only when the camera operator presses a button. Even then, Nestor said, only one of the 23 cameras in the network can record at one time, reducing the chance that there would be any videotape of the suspect or suspects.

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