Deceased man ID'd

November 22, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Police on Wednesday identified the man found dead in a Liberty Street home Monday as Blake Michael Crampton, 22.

The State Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore ruled the death a homicide and determined that head injuries caused Crampton's death, Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Paul Kifer said Wednesday afternoon.

Crampton lived at 440 Liberty St., where his body was found by a relative Monday afternoon, Kifer said.

Injuries that Crampton sustained in a fight caused his death, Kifer alleged.

Crampton lived alone at his home on Liberty Street, a female family member said Wednesday afternoon.

A Hagerstown native, he graduated from Williamsport High School in 2003 and worked for a construction company in Smithsburg, she said.

"His very favorite thing in the whole world was a dog, Tekk," she said.

Tekk now will live with one of Crampton's closest friends, she said.

Crampton liked football, was a Miami Dolphins fan and enjoyed playing pool.


Crampton is survived by his mother, three older sisters, two nephews, three brothers-in-law, grandparents and extended family.

A viewing will be Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown. A service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The Washington County State's Attorney's office plans to convene a grand jury to consider the case, Kifer said.

Police allege that Darrow Shupp, 29, of Pennsylvania, and Crampton fought early Sunday. No weapons were used during the fight, police said.

No charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

Spots on the sidewalk and pavement outside Crampton's Liberty Street home appeared to be blood droplets, Kifer said Monday.

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