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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/22/2006

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 40

Monday, Feb. 13

3:05 p.m. Dana Hawks, a 29-year-old African-American man, was walking in the 2500 block of West Baltimore Street in Shipley Hill when someone came up to him, pulled out a gun, and shot him. Hawks fell to the ground, and the person stood over him and shot him several more times.

6:30 p.m. Donald Henderson, a 23-year-old African-American man, got into a fight in an apartment in the 3000 block of Thorndale Avenue near Pimlico Elementary School. The person Henderson was arguing with stabbed him several times in the stomach with a steak knife and then left the apartment. Henderson was taken to Sinai Hospital. While he was being treated, Thomas Morton Jr., a 17-year-old African-American male, came into the emergency room with cuts on his right hand that police believe were caused by the fight. Henderson died at 7:47 p.m., and police arrested Morton at Sinai and charged him with Hendersonís murder.

Thursday, Feb. 16

11:35 p.m. Fredericka Moseley, a 46-year-old African-American woman, was stabbed in the neck during a fight in the 200 block of North Bond Street. She died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 12:52 a.m. the next day.

Friday, Feb. 17

2:27 p.m. Police found Kwane Walker, a 16-year-old African-American male, lying unconscious in the 1600 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Upton. He had been shot repeatedly in the stomach and died half an hour later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Walker is the eighth person under 18 murdered this year in Baltimore City.

Saturday, Feb. 18

2:36 p.m. A woman in the 2000 block of Braddish Avenue flagged down a police officer and told him that she hadnít seen her friend Dorrine Smith in two days. She had tried to contact Smith but couldnít get in touch with her. The officer and the woman entered Smithís home near Coppin State University and found the 67-year-old African-American woman dead. She had died from blunt-force trauma to the head. There have been six female homicide victims in 2006, and all of them have been African-American. As of Sunday, Feb. 19, there were 40 murders in the first 50 days of this year.

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