Woman Found Shot to Death in Car in Columbia (Update)

Police say the woman had just moved to the area.

Howard County Police are asking for help after a woman was found shot to death in a car in Columbia Saturday, according to a statement released by police. 

Someone called police at about 9 a.m. after seeing a woman who “appeared to be injured” in a car on the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road, according to police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. 

When police arrived, they found Deborah Castellano, 47, dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a Toyota Corolla parked in parking lot, according to Llewellyn. 

Police say they think Castellano had recently moved to the area and was living in the apartment building near where she was shot.

Investigators do not yet have a suspect or a motive and are asking anyone with information to call at 410-313-STOP. Callers may remain anonymous

Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information about the shooting. 

This article has been updated to include the victim's name and the police reward.

s scott May 16, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Thank you Linda for speaking my mind. I agree with you 100% and I have been a Columbia resident for over 28 years.
Truthful May 16, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Come now cs lewis, resorting to grammer correction is some what elitist! I bet most of those section 8ers have bad grammer but you seem to be in denial about all of this. The reason I assume you to be an elitist liberal is your desire to deny obvious truths and your inability to understand that "good" people can except that crime in the "minority" community is terrible and here in columbia, the rise in crime is directly proportional to the rise in subsidized housing. And the real reason we haven't had a massive crime increase is because we are a very very wealthy county that spends fortunes being proactive in the criminal community. BTW, I have teenagers! No one in any thread I have read blamed this murder on subsidized housing. I for one believed from the beginning that this was "domestic". If you read these posts most have responded to this because of the crime situation that has them concerned. This murder was a reminder. But its funny because the guy that murdered this women definitly fits the subsidy criteria and you'd know that if you did a little research. BTW I am not talking about the fact that he is black!
C.S. Lewis May 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I am not sure why 'elitist liberal' is a pejorative term. [Is that the opposite of a 'low-life conservative'?] An informed citizen in a democracy is able to understand and effectively communicate complex ideas to others through the use of language. If it is your desire to add something productive to the discussion here, you should take that seriously. That isn't elitist, it's an expectation that adults have. You and I might actually agree more than you realize, but your inability to read or write is making you sound completely ignorant. For instance, you wrote: "But its funny because the guy that murdered this woman..." I'm sorry, I don't see the humor in murder. Maybe it's my fault for overlooking the fact that English isn't your first language, but you certainly write as if you are functionally illiterate and willfully ignorant. I encourage you to stay in school.
Truthful May 21, 2013 at 02:12 PM
"liberal elitist" is exactly what you are. We do not have any of the same beliefs. You may have similar outcomes at times, but your core beliefs are of a "elitist liberal". And it is not only meant as negative but descriptive of your mindset. I've been out of school for over 30 years and make no attempt to feel superior by my command of grammar and or spelling. Actually, I take great pride in having been successful enough to have paid kids like yourself, to check my basics! Yeah I think its very funny that one of the "liberal elitists" made it a point to say, "Ha, he isn't from the columbia section 8 areas." But he was from a different section 8 and he was a black man that at one point was living off a white women. You need to get some air into that basement, it's killing your ability to understand truths. Now to another funny thing. I noticed you never dispute any facts and turn to correcting engles! I believe you have cried mercy!
Columbia Independent May 21, 2013 at 02:53 PM
C.S., talking to "Truthful" is like talking to the idiot wearing a tinfoil hat. The only "truth" they have is spouting whatever their paranoid, egocentric, narcissistic views are. (Careful, though, if you use big words like that; an educated lexicon is sign that you're an elitist and part of the Liberal conspiracy). Anyone who disagrees with them on ANYTHING must be the opposition and deserving of labels and negative comments. You'd have better chance having an intelligent conversation with a storefront mannequin. Of course, I blame Reagan and his approach to mental health; people like "Truthful" wouldn't be on here if they hadn't been released into the rest of the population due to budget cuts.


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