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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 3/22/2006

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 53

Monday, March 13

4:32 p.m. Kacife Parker, a 28-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk of the 1700 block of East Biddle Street in Broadway East. He had been shot repeatedly and died 42 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Tuesday, March 14

12:25 a.m. Eight hours later and nine blocks away, Kiam Moody, a 37-year-old African-American man, was involved in an argument in the 1100 block of Webb Court in Oldtown, when the person he was arguing with stabbed him. He died at Hopkins Hospital less than half an hour later.

Friday, March 17

1:52 p.m. Mark Beckwith, a 57-year-old Caucasian man from Bel Air, parked his car in the upper lot at the Village of Cross Keys shopping center off Falls Road. Beckwith owns several gas stations and was there to make a deposit. As he was parking, two men approached his driver-side door, opened it, began beating Beckwith, and tried to rob him. One of the men had a handgun. Beckwith grabbed his own gun and started firing at the two men from inside the car, shattering his passenger-side windows. Beckwith fired all 16 rounds in his gun, hitting Keith Love, a 22-year-old African-American man, four times in the back. A white car pulled up, the other man jumped in, and the car drove away. Love was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died half an hour later. Later that day, Corey McLeaurin, a 29-year-old African-American man, showed up at Maryland General Hospital with a gunshot wound in his left hand. McLeaurin matched the description of the second robber, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

Beckwith had a permit for his gun. Police say that this is a justifiable homicide, so Beckwith will not be charged with murder. According to police, this incident will likely be removed from the homicide rolls, as the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting does not count justifiable homicides as criminal homicides.

Saturday, March 18

3:49 p.m. Arron Godbolt, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in the 4600 block of Reisterstown Road in Central Park Heights. He died at 4:24 p.m. at Sinai Hospital.

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