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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/5/2006

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 64

Dana White, the person charged with the March 23 death of Lee Tatum, is a man—not a woman, as was reported last week in this column.

The death of Corey Vines, a 33-year-old African-American man from Central Park Heights, was ruled a homicide this week. Vines was shot July 24, 2003. More than two years later, on Oct. 25, 2005, he was admitted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with an infection. He died Feb. 11. The cause of Vines’ death was pending, as he had several other medical conditions, but on March 31 the medical examiner ruled that he died as a result of complications from the 2003 shooting.

According to the Baltimore Police Department, Marcus Burnett, a 21-year-old African-American man, was charged with the incident. However, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Joseph Sviatko says Burnett was found not guilty on all counts on May 24, 2005, and cannot be retried.

Thursday, March 30

3 p.m. Victor Richards, a 23-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 1300 block of Montford Avenue in the Broadway East neighborhood when a man came up to him and shot him several times. He died an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This is the fourth murder in Broadway East this year.

Friday, March 31

1:07 a.m. Ashley Harris, a 19-year-old African-American woman, was found lying on the sidewalk in front of Club Choices in the 1800 block of North Charles Street. Harris, who was pregnant, was shot in the upper torso after a fight at the club spilled out into the street. Police believe she was an innocent bystander, not the intended target of the shooter. Oscar Adams, an 18-year-old African-American male, was arrested over the weekend and charged with Harris’ murder.

11:37 a.m. Later that morning in East Baltimore, police officers found Edward Jeter, a 28-year-old African-American man, dead in his home in the 900 block of Luzerne Avenue. Jeter was last seen by his girlfriend the night before. His godsister went to his house to see him, and she found him lying on the floor. Jeter had been shot in the head. He was found just two blocks from the site of a double murder in January.

Saturday, April 1

5:44 a.m. Raymond Brown, a 27-year-old African-American man, was found slumped over on the front steps of a building in the 500 block of Mount Street near Harlem Park Middle and Elementary schools. He had been shot several times in the head and died at the scene. At least one third of 2006’s homicide victims have been shot in the head.

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