Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Two teens held in killing: Police say pair stomped, stabbed gang member they believed was gay

Baltimore Sun reports:
Two teenagers were ordered held without bail yesterday in the death of a Randallstown High School student who was stabbed and stomped to death after his fellow Bloods gang members found messages on his phone that suggested he was gay.

Steven T. Hollis III, 18, of Randallstown and Juan L. Flythe, 17, of West Baltimore - both of whom are members of the Bloods gang, according to police - were arrested and charged Thursday evening with first-degree murder. They are accused of killing a fellow gang member days before his high school graduation in May.

The body of Steven Parrish (pictured), 18, was found May 29 in a wooded area near his parents' home and Woodlawn Cemetery. "It's awful," Baltimore County prosecutor William B. Bickel said in an interview after yesterday's bail-review hearing in Towson. "You're talking about a gangland-style execution because he was gay. They took him out back in a field and stabbed him to death." An autopsy revealed that Parrish died of both blunt-force and stabbing injuries, according to court records. READ MORE