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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 1/25/2006

Murders This Week: 9
Murders This Year: 25

The Baltimore Police Department has released the names of three men killed last week. Johnny Evans, a 43-year-old African-American man from Franklin Square, was the man beaten to death in the 200 block of Bruce Street. His death was reported Jan. 13. Evans’ roommate John Wilson, a 36-year-old African-American man, was arrested that day and charged with the murder.

The men shot to death in a double homicide in the 2200 block of Aiken Street on Jan. 13 were Gary Rideout, a 41-year-old African-American man, and Raymond Williamson, a 35-year-old African-American man.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

5:54 a.m. Kristopher Reinhard, a 16-year-old Caucasian male, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center five days after he was stabbed. Reinhard was one of three people stabbed Jan. 13 at 11:45 p.m. outside Italiano’s restaurant in the 2200 block of Washington Boulevard. Two other Caucasian males, a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old, were found in the parking lot bleeding from the head and the neck, respectively. Reinhard was in the grass next to the parking lot. He had been stabbed in the upper torso.

Thursday, Jan. 19

6:52 p.m. Mervyn Beckles, a 23-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 2800 block of West Mulberry Street. He had been shot in the head and body and died at Shock Trauma at 7:32 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20

7:08 a.m. When police officers got to a home in the 800 block of North Glover Street in Madison-Eastend, they were met by a woman who had been shot in the ear. On the second floor they found two more victims. Fernandez Woodson, a 23-year-old African-American man, and Karlee Blackwell, a 14-year-old African-American girl, had both been shot in the head. Blackwell and Woodson were dead. The other woman survived.

8:18 p.m. That night in Northwest Baltimore, Gregory Hopewell, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly behind a house in the 2600 block of Shirley Avenue in Greenspring. He died at 9:39 p.m. at Sinai Hospital.

Saturday, Jan. 21

1:06 a.m. James Ray, a 34-year-old African-American man, got into an argument with his girlfriend in her home in the 1300 block of Sherwood Avenue in Ramblewood. The woman’s two teenage sons and a female friend tried to help her. According to police Ray pulled out a gun and shot the boys in th e neck and his girlfriend and her friend in the head. He then allegedly went upstairs to find his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter, Kayla Baker and shot her in the head, killing her. Later that night Pennsylvania state troopers cornered Ray at a house he had broken into in Clarion, Pa. Ray committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. All of the shooting victims survived except for Kayla Baker. Her mother, Ray’s girlfriend, remains in a coma. Baker is the fourth female and the sixth person under 18 to be murdered this year.

7:30 a.m. Another family dispute ended fatally later that morning in the 4100 block of the Alameda. Lemuel Davis, a 48-year-old African-American man, got into a fight with his brother outside their house. Davis pulled a steak knife on his brother. While they were fighting, 58-year-old African-American male Steven Moody, the brother’s boss, came to pick him up for work. He allegedly shot Davis in the eye. Davis died at Johns Hopkins Hospital less than half an hour later. Moody, who according to police had no previous criminal record, was arrested that day and charged with the murder.

Sunday, Jan. 22

12:01 a.m. Clyde Tatum, an 18-year-old African-American male, was shot to death in the 1200 block of Slater Road in Cherry Hill. Tatum’s death brings the number of 2006 murders in the Southern Police District to five, tying it with the Eastern District.

3:33 p.m. That afternoon two men parked in the 3300 block of West Belevedere Avenue near Pimlico Race Course to get their car washed. One of the men heard shots and ran. He thought his friend was right behind him but soon realized he was wrong. When he got back to the car, he found his friend, Antwoine Armstead, a 21-year-old African-American man, slumped over in the front seat. He had been shot in the head. He took Armstead to Sinai Hospital, but he died about 10 minutes later. There have been more homicides so far in 2006 than there have been days in the year.

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