Pressure mounts in investigation into officer's alleged involvement in aftermath of girl's slaying

Pressure is mounting from Baltimore city council members for a quick resolution in the investigation into a police officer and how he allegedly helped in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Monae Turnage.

The officer, identified by sources as 32-year-old John A. Ward, has been suspended from duty. Police have been secrative about their investigation, urging patience as they collect evidence. Sources have said the rifle used to shoot the girl, apparently accidentally by one of her friends, was found in the officer's personal car.

Monae's brother found the body 19 hours after her family reported her missing, in a backyard in an alley between Darley and Cliftview avenues in the Darley Park neighborhood, hidden under trash bags.

The Sun's Scott Calvert profiled the neighborhood in today's paper, noting it is part of an area of Northeast and East Baltimore with one of the city's highest homicide rates. Read his story here.

Meanwhile, The Sun's Yvonne Wenger talked to city council members who expressed concern about letting the open investigation linger, and the need for quick answers. Read her story here.

Monae's funeral is Saturday. We'll have complete coverage in The Baltimore Sun.



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