Annapolis police are looking for any information that could lead them to whoever killed a 22-year-old California man Wednesday.
Kenneth Andrew Gram of Carlsbad, Calif., a former Edgewater resident who was back in the area to see friends, was found stabbed in an area near the Newtowne 20 public housing complex.
Police said they received a call about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday that a person was lying on the sidewalk on Skippers Lane, near South Cherry Grove Avenue. He had been stabbed in the neck and upper body, police said.
"We have no motive whatsoever," said Maj. Scott Baker. "There is no indication that it is drug-related or robbery-related. ... He has no criminal record."
He said Gram had been in the Annapolis area and was scheduled to return home Thursday.
"He was back visiting friends," said Gram's sister, Danielle Gram.
Gram had attended South River High School, where he played tuba in the Hawks Marching Band. His family - parents John and Dawn Gram, and his sister - relocated after his sophomore year from South River Colony, a community in the Edgewater area, to California, the family said in an e-mail.
After he graduated in 2005 from Carlsbad High School, he studied literature and creative writing, and graduated this year from the University of California, Santa Cruz, they said. He wrote poetry and was a published poet.
He had spent the past couple of months traveling.
"Ken loved his friends in Maryland," the family said in the e-mail, later adding, "Ken's humor, creativity, and quirky spirit will be missed by all of us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective John Lee, 410-268-9000, ext. 7253. The 24-hour tip line is 410-280-CLUE (2583).