Former Sandusky woman killed

Baltimore police charge ex-husband's girlfriend with murder
Oct 22, 2013


A former Sandusky woman was killed Sunday after a domestic dispute in Baltimore.

Family members said Latresha Gowdy moved to Baltimore about three years ago with her husband. Gowdy formerly operated a hair salon on Huron Avenue in Sandusky. 

The Baltimore Sun reported that Gabrielle Smith, 30, was charged Monday with second degree murder in the Gowdy's death.

The Sun gave the following account: Gowdy, 32, drove to her ex-husband's apartment in the 4400 block of Fairview Avenue to pick up her 3-year-old son on Sunday night, according to charging documents. Gowdy saw Gabrielle Smith, 30, sitting outside with her ex-husband, and Gowdy grabbed a beer bottle from a barbecue grill and threatened Smith with it.

Smith then pulled a pocketknife out of her pocket and threatened Gowdy with it as Gowdy's ex-husband and other men tried to keep the women from fighting. The charging documents say Gowdy's ex-husband went inside the home to get the 3-year-old boy, believing that he should get the child to his mother so that she could leave. When he came back outside, the women were still fighting, and when they separated, Gowdy collapsed to the ground. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A family member of Gowdy said Smith is the current girlfriend of Gowdy's ex-husband.

The medical examiner determined that Gowdy was cut on her arm and had a six-inch deep stab wound to her abdomen that hit a major artery, causing her to bleed internally. Smith told police she hid the pocketknife in the closet of the home on Fairview Avenue, where it was later recovered, according to the charging documents.

Smith was held without bail on the second-degree murder charge, and court records did not list an attorney for her.



R.I.P. Very sad!


Prayers to the family, as well as the Elderly man! May he find his piece somewhere other than Craigslist!

Dwight K.

What does the elderly man getting robbed have to do with this story?

Matt Westerhold

Nothing. Some copy was put in inadvertently. It has been removed. 

2cents's picture

Thanks matt, I read that earlier and was a bit confused myself :O

It is sad these domestic issues turn deadly, now the child gets to grow up with no mother and dad gets to watch. Hope the GF is worth it dad!


Why are you blaming the dad? He was divorced and his ex-wife was the one who threatened the girlfriend with a bottle. She started it.

2cents's picture

Don't matter who started it, the kid lost his mother. Dad should have kept them apart, they were split up once.


I know that according to what is in here the mom did start the whole thing but it sounds like the dad was trying to get the women apart. He was going to get the child so that they could leave. All this apparently happened while he was gone. The sad part of the whole situation is that the child had to see the end result, his mom going down. He's the one that we need to feel sorry for. Of everyone the son is the real victim here.


I agree with 2cents!


Ex-husbands, current husbands, boyfriends, etc are not worth fighting or dying over. Yes she did start it and it is going to cost the girlfriend as well.


Kelly and Candleburner, she didn't start it. If you go on Baltimore news 11, When she got there Ms. Smith was standing on the steps with a knife and the she picked up a bottle. Register got it wrong once again.


That should be and then. Sorry typo.


Self defense?