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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/19/2006

Murders This Week: 8
Murders This Year: 80

The names of the four unidentified homicide victims from last week have been released. The man killed outside the Cameo Lounge on April 3 was Nehemiah Johnson, a 30-year-old African-American man. Curtis Mitchell, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot to death inside a rowhouse on Longwood Street on April 6. Andre Brantley, a 20-year-old African-American man, was murdered April 8 in the 1800 block of Braddish Avenue, and Darnell Butler, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed the next day in the 3500 block of Lucille Avenue.

Monday, April 10

11:56 p.m. Deangelo Hunter, a 24-year-old African-American man, was at the Top Shelf Lounge and Package Goods in the 3300 block of Old Frederick Road having drinks. He left, and a few minutes later a person came in and said that Hunter was lying on the sidewalk outside the bar bleeding. Hunter had been stabbed several times. He died 40 minutes later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Shortly after Hunter was stabbed, a man walked into St. Agnes Hospital with stab wounds in his chest and arm. His wounds were not life threatening. He told police he was stabbed in front of the Top Shelf Lounge. Police believe the two stabbings are related. Hunter is the third person killed outside a bar in the last three weeks.

Tuesday, April 11

10:40 a.m. Police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Glyndon Avenue near the B&O Railroad Museum for a possible drug overdose. When they arrived, they saw Charles Sparrow, a 53-year-old Caucasian man, lying in the bathroom. At Bon Secours Hospital they discovered that Sparrow had been stabbed in the back. He died at 11:47 a.m.

5 p.m. That night police found an African-American woman lying on the floor of a vacant building in the 2600 block of Saint Benedict Street near the Westside Shopping Center. She was dead when they arrived. She had been beaten in the head and face and stabbed. Police are waiting until the victim’s family has been notified to release her name. She was the 10th woman murdered this year.

Wednesday, April 12

6:01 p.m. Randolph Terrance, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found dead in the 1900 block of Division Street in Druid Heights. He had been set on fire. He died as a result of multiple injuries, and he was already dead when he was set on fire.

Thursday, April 13

6:06 p.m. The next evening, a man and woman were shot in the 2300 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill. The man, Anthony Walker, a 24-year-old African-American, was shot numerous times. The woman, a 51-year-old African-American, was shot once in the leg. Walker died at Shock Trauma at 6:40 p.m. The woman was treated and released from Maryland General Hospital. This is the ninth murder in the Central police district this year. There were 14 in all of 2005.

Saturday, April 15

12:45 a.m. People living in the 3000 block of Lorena Avenue heard gunshots and saw a gold Cadillac drive down the street and crash into two parked cars. Franklin Jones, a 27-year-old African-American man, was inside, slumped over the steering wheel. He had been shot repeatedly in the head and neck. They pulled him out of the car to help him, but Jones died at the scene.

8:22 p.m. Raymond Reveley, a 14-year-old African-American boy, was playing with a group of kids in a parking lot in front of an apartment building in the 2200 block of Roslyn Avenue. A dark-colored car drove up and a person got out and opened fire on the kids. Reveley was hit several times in the head and stomach. He died at Shock Trauma at 9:08 p.m.

9:45 p.m. Bryant Jones, a 42-year-old African-American man, was hosting a party for his daughter’s 16th birthday in the 1000 block of North Augusta Avenue when one of the guests started acting disrespectfully. Jones asked the person to leave, and they argued on the front porch. The person shot Jones once in the head. A police officer in the area heard the shot and went to the location. When he got there, he saw a bunch of juveniles running away from the scene. Jones died at 12:52 a.m. the next day at Shock Trauma. Jamal Charles, a 16-year-old African-American male, was arrested the next day and charged with Jones’ murder.

The Baltimore Police Department lists 79 murders so far this year, while Murder Ink’s count is 80.

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