Howard Lowe, 21, Bayou Body Count No. 6

A man attempted to rob an acquaintance and killed him in the process at a southwest side apartment Friday night, police and court records say.

Howard Lowe, whose age was not given but is believed to be in his 20s 21, was killed by Joel Stephen Berkley, 22, shortly before 5 p.m. Friday in the 12600 block of Brookglade Circle. Berkley has been charged with capital murder.

Court documents say Berkley knocked on an apartment door at that address while wearing a ski mask and demanded money from Lowe. The two struggled and Lowe was shot.

During the fight Berkley's ski mask slipped and another resident in the apartment recognized him, although police say she only knew him by the nickname "Black." Berkley was later arrested.

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