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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/8/2005

Murders May 28-June 4: 8
Murders This Year: 110


The man shot on May 25 in the 3500 block of Shannon Drive has been identified as Bryan Johnson, a 27-year-old African-American man from the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood. The man murdered on May 26 in the 4400 block of Franconia Drive has been identified as 21-year-old African-American man John Bowlin. Last week’s column reported that Bowlin was shot in the head. He actually died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

John Kendrick, a 55-year-old African-American man, died on May 24 at 11:15 p.m. Kendrick was found lying unconscious on the sidewalk on May 14 at 6:55 p.m. in the 3900 block of Edmondson Avenue in Edmondson Village, just a block from Lyndhurst Elementary School. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and treated for severe head trauma. He remained unconscious until his death 10 days later.

Friday, May 27

10:49 a.m. Sadie Mack, a 78-year-old African-American woman, was found by her son in her Sandtown-Winchester home. She was lying on the floor of her bedroom with her hands bound. She had been strangled and was pronounced dead on the scene. Mack was murdered in the same block that Nachia Carter, a 23-year-old African-American woman, was shot to death on May 11.


Sunday, May 29

9:41 a.m. Baltimore police officers found Darrell Banks, a 37-year-old African-American man, in the driver’s seat of his car in the 3200 block of Belmont Avenue near Belmont Elementary School in West Baltimore. Banks had been shot in the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.


Thursday, June 2

2:30 a.m. Samuel Richardson, a 30-year-old African-American man, left the bar where he worked, Rendezvous Lounge, and was walking in the 400 block of West 26th Street in Remington with a friend when an unknown man got out of a Pontiac and shot him repeatedly. Richardson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead at 3:03 a.m. Richardson was murdered just a few blocks from the sight of the triple homicide at a Remington group home earlier this year.


Friday, June 3

1:01 a.m. Less than 24 hours later, just across Charles Village in Better Waverly, Mark Gardner, a 24-year-old African-American man, was in his car with three friends outside a carry-out restaurant in the 500 block of East 29th Street off Greenmount Avenue. Gardner got out of the car and was shot repeatedly. His friends pulled him back in the car and took him to Union Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m. Mark Jones was murdered around the corner on Greenmount Avenue on May 1.

1:18 a.m. Less than 20 minutes later on the east side, police were driving in the 4400 block of Belair Road when they were flagged down by a man who said a man had been shot and was lying on the street. They found, Ralph Arrington Jr., a 27-year-old African-American man. He had been shot in the neck and was pronounced dead on the scene.

10:15 p.m. Garry Berrie Jr., a 21-year-old African-American man, was at home in the 2100 block of Tucker Lane on the far west side of the city, near Dickey Hill Elementary School, when he heard a knock at the door. He went to answer it and was shot through the door. The bullet hit him in the head. He was taken to Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m. the next day.


Saturday, June 4

3 p.m. Shirley Chisley’s daughter went to her mother’s apartment and found her mother’s hand tied. Chisley, a 64-year-old African-American woman, had been asphyxiated and was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no obvious signs of forced entry. Police do not think that Chisley’s murder is connected to the similar death of Sadie Mack a week before.

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