Man Dead After Stabbing At Owings Mills Laundromat


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OWINGS MILLS - Police say a man was stabbed at a laundromat on Monday on the 10500 block of Reisterstown Road near Owings Mills Boulevard.

Baltimore County homicide detectives have charged 29-year-old Julian Funderburk with first-degree murder in the stabbing of 39-year-old Jerry Lewis.

WMAR Baltimore reports that Lewis was a familiar volunteer at the laundromat and was helping a female customer before the incident.

WMAR interviewed witnesses at the scene who say that Funderburk approached the woman being helped by Lewis and began pestering her. Lewis stepped to the woman's defense and told Funderburk to leave. Witnesses say that Funderburk returned with two knives and began stabbing Lewis.

In interviews with WMAR, witnesses described a gruesome and scarring scene.

"He stabbed this guy about 10-15 times in less than two minutes," said Ranjie Bryan, witness. "I saw him getting stabbed. I saw all the blood. I saw gashing. I saw the lady trying to hold pressure to his neck. No one deserves to die like that."

The Baltimore news network also spoke with a friend of the victim, who said that Lewis was a kind and thoughtful person.

"Who would really have the guts to hurt this man. I can honestly say he was a gentle giant," said Margaret Randall, friend of the victim."

Police believe this was an isolated incident, and Funderburk is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bond.

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