Woman found dead in southern Baltimore home was murdered, police say

A 31-year-old woman found dead in her southern Baltimore home was murdered, police said Friday. 

Officers were called to a home in the 2600 block of Wegworth Lane, in the Lakeland neighborhood, on Thursday at noon for a report of a person who was not breathing, said Det. Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman. Inside, they found Rachel Curtis unresponsive and suffering from undisclosed trauma to her body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Silbert said detectives consider the killing to be "domestic-related," and said they have a person of interest. It was unclear whether that person was in custody. 

Curtis' brother, Gregory Rouse, said that Curtis had five children and was going to school to become certified to work as a mortician. He said their mother died in January after becoming ill, and that the siblings had grown closer in recent months. 

"Rachel was a good person, and she was trying to do the best she could," Rouse said. "Our mom was fighting a drug addiction all her life, and we had to grow up ... She had to grow up a lot faster."

This year, police began highlighting domestic-related crimes in their weekly Comstat police statistics, and domestic homicides are up, with four such killings so far this year compared to none at this time last year. Overall, the statistics show crimes of domestic violence are down 9 percent.

Eight of this year's victims have been female, representing about 20 percent of the total victims. Last year, 10 percent of the homicide victims were women.  

Police also said Friday that detectives had made an arrest in a murder that occurred earlier this month. Domonic Faulkner, 23, of the 900 block of N. Payson St., has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and related charges in the March 4 killing of 22-year-old David Womack in the 2900 block of Mosher St. Additional details were not available. 



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