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Cops: No Leads Yet in Case of Dead Man at Sorority House

By Judith Scherr
Friday September 08, 2006

Police continue to investigate the murder of Wayne Drummond, 23, who died of a gunshot wound to the torso in the early hours of Sept. 4. No suspects have been arrested. 

At around 2:30 a.m., Drummond knocked on the door of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at 2311 Prospect St., which may have been familiar to him, because “he may have had a friend who worked there in some capacity,” said Ed Galvan, Berkeley Police Department spokesperson. 

He died shortly thereafter. 

Between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., a verbal argument between Drummond and another individual reportedly occurred outside of Larry Blake’s club at 2367 Telegraph Ave., according to Galvan. No shots, however, were reported to police at that time. 

It was not known at press time whether the victim walked or was driven to the sorority house. There was no indication that he bled if he walked the half-mile between where he was presumably shot and the house where he died. 

“In theory, if he ran there should be blood spots along the way,” Galvan said, noting, however, that he could have died from internal bleeding. Police have not yet seen the coroner’s report, he said. 

Asked if robbery may have been a motive, Galvan said, following a journalist’s report, the police were looking into the possibility. He said he could not, however, divulge whether the victim’s wallet had been taken, as that is part of the investigation. 

This is the fourth Berkeley murder this year. On Feb. 10, Juan Carlos Ramos, a Contra Costa College student, was stabbed to death at a teen house party on Contra Costa Avenue in the North Berkeley hills. No arrests have been made.  

Also in February, 24-year-old Keith Stephens, featured in Meredith Maran’s “Class Dismissed,” was shot and killed on Carrison Street. No arrests have been made. 

In March, Aderian “Dre” Gaines, 36, was shot and killed while hosting a teen party at his Prince Street home. Police arrested two suspects. 

Galvan called for people with any knowledge of the incident to call Berkeley Police at 981-5900, even if they think police already have the information.