A 16-year-old Baltimore girl was found dead with her throat cut in the early morning hours of July 19 in an incident that police said may be connected to a suicide elsewhere in the city.

Shortly before 1 a.m., city police responded to the 3100 block of Liberty Heights Ave. in northwest Baltimore after receiving a call that an unidentified female was cut in the throat.

Upon arriving, police found 16-year-old Diamond Williams of the 3600 block of Wabash Avenue with a severe gash to her throat. She was transported to Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m.

Shortly after Williams’ body was found, Detective Vernon Davis said police received a report of a shooting in the 800 block of Turnbridge Road, near The Alameda Shopping Center in northeast Baltimore.

Officers found the body of 19-year-old Shaquille Anthony at a basketball court at that location. According to Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, Anthony told several witnesses to leave before taking his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Kowalczyk said police had established that Anthony, a resident of the 1200 block of Silverthorne Road in the Loch Raven neighborhood, was responsible for Williams’ death.

He said the relationship between the two was not immediately clear, but that Williams and Anthony “only knew one another for a couple of days.”

“What we want to make clear to the families and the community is that the loss of any life is regrettable and we have an obligation to bring closure to this family,” Kowalcyk said. “That is exactly what we are going to do in this case.”


Blair Adams

AFRO Staff Writer