17-year-old dies after being stabbed at Towson mall


A 17-year-old Baltimore youth who was stabbed at Towson Town Center Friday night died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore County police said.

Kevin Taylor of the 1300 block of Walker Ave. in Baltimore died at 6:05 p.m., less than 24 hours after he was stabbed in his side during an argument outside the mall.

Charged in the stabbing and being held without bail yesterday was 16-year-old Tamere H. Thornton of the 5200 block of Midwood Ave. in Baltimore. He was arrested hours before Taylor died, and initially was charged with attempted first-degree murder and intent to injure with a deadly weapon, according to charging documents.

The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Friday in the parking lot between the Hecht Co. and the Rainforest Cafe, after an argument between two groups of teen-agers at the mall spilled out to the parking lot, near the Hecht Co. entrance, police said.

As the argument escalated between the two groups, each with about five youths, Taylor was attacked, police said.

Police spokesman Cpl. Ron Brooks said that investigators did not believe the stabbing was a random act.

"We're talking about a crime involving people who know each other," Brooks said.

Police were still investigating yesterday.

After being arrested, charging documents show, Thornton gave a taped statement in which he admitted stabbing the victim.

He described the weapon as a black pocketknife with two blades, according to the documents.

The incident is an unusual act of violence at the mall, which is in the heart of Towson. A security officer at Towson Town Center said last night that security has been increased in and around the mall.

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