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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/13/2005

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 145

At 8:19 p.m. on June 3, police officers found Antwoine McLain, a 22-year-old African-American man, sitting in a car in the 5400 block of Cedonia Avenue near the city’s eastern line. He had been shot in the head and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was declared brain dead nearly a month later, on July 1.

On June 28 at 11:30 p.m. police responded to the 2400 block of East Lafayette Street in the Broadway East neighborhood and found Verna Brown, a 35-year-old African-American woman, unconscious in her home. Several men had beaten her with shovels and other objects. Brown was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was pronounced dead July 6 at 2:26 a.m. Brown’s death brings the number of African-American women murdered in the city this year to 14.

Sunday, July 3

2:11 p.m. On Sunday afternoon Marvin Raines, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly on his front porch in the 2800 block of Spelman Road in Cherry Hill. He was taken to Harbor Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:36 p.m.


Monday, July 4

10:16 p.m. Carl Griffin, a 44-year-old African-American man from the Middle East neighborhood, was shot in the head in the 1400 block of Exeter Hall Avenue, about four blocks south of the former site of Memorial Stadium. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

11:56 p.m. Not quite two hours later police received a call for a shooting in the 1800 block of East Eager Street in Middle East. When they got there the medics had already arrived and were treating three victims. Donyae Bogues, a 30-year-old African-American man who had been shot repeatedly, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lamar Robinson, a 26-year-old African-American man from Brooklyn, was also shot numerous times. He was taken to Hopkins Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. A third man was shot but survived.

Thursday, July 7

6:10 p.m. Police officers in West Baltimore heard several gunshots coming from the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Avenue. When they got there they found Jamie Parker, a 27-year-old African-American man, lying in the street unconscious. He had been shot repeatedly and was pronounced dead on the scene. Four other people have been shot to death this year within a two-block radius of where Parker was found.


Friday, July 8

3:58 p.m. Kelvin Robertson, a 25-year-old African-American man, was standing on the corner of Pulaski Street and Walbrook Avenue near Frederick Douglass High School and Mondawmin Mall when he was approached by someone and shot numerous times. He was taken to Shock Trauma and pronounced dead a half-hour later. Robertson is the 48th African-American man in his 20s to be shot to death in the city this year—that demographic makes up about a third of all Baltimore homicides in 2005 so far. African-American males 30 or over or 18 and under who were shot to death make up roughly another third of city homicides this year to date.

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