Pigtown stabbing victim identified, man dies in SW shooting

Baltimore police have identified a 55-year-old woman found stabbed inside her home in Pigtown and said a man who was driven to the hospital by a friend after being shot in Southwest Baltimore has died from his injuries.

Deborah Simon was found by relatives inside a home in the 1200 block of Washington Blvd. on Monday afternoon, and police said she had been stabbed several times. Property was taken from the home, and detectives are exploring whether she might have known her attacker.

According to neighbor Erin Harty, Simon had moved to the home from around the corner, after a mid-August fire badly damaged her home in the 1400 block of S. Carey St. Harty said Simon was working at a nearby Royal Farms while going to school.

"She was extremely friendly, and all the neighbors knew her well," Harty said. "She was extremely outgoing, and very political."

Simon was active in homeless outreach, Harty said, driving around the neighborhood to deliver peanut butter sandwiches, and once sought to run for Congress. She maintained an active political blog, posting up until Saturday.

She was a widow and had one daughter, according to a biography on her website.

Police were also investigating the shooting death of Joshua Noble, a 25-year-old from the 500 block of S. Longwood St. Noble was driven to Saint Agnes Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the stomach, and was transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Detectives were told that Noble and a friend were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 3000 block of Frederick Ave., south of Mount Olive Cemetery in Southwest Baltimore, when an unknown man walked up to the car and fired several rounds from a handgun into the passenger side where Noble was seated.

Police did not give a motive. Noble received a 15-year prison sentence, with all but 10 years suspended, in 2007 in Baltimore County after being convicted of robbery, court records show. In November 2011, he was charged in Baltimore County with attempted first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a violent crime, but all charges were dropped in May by county prosecutors.

The killings push the city's number of homicides in 2011 up to 189. Three men were killed in Baltimore over the weekend, and a man was in critical condition after a downtown beating.


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