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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/26/2006

The disparity noted in last week’s column between Murder Ink’s homicide count and the Baltimore Police Department’s count was due to the fact that the March 17 murder of Keith Love at the Village of Cross Keys was officially ruled justifiable.

As of press time there have been 13 more murders in 2006 than there were at this time last year.

Tuesday April 18

6:37 a.m. Davon Curtis, a 25-year-old African-American man, died at Sinai Hospital four days after he was stabbed. Curtis was involved in a fight with several men in the 2600 block of Loyola Southway in the Greenspring neighborhood on April 14 at 1:10 a.m. One of the men stabbed Curtis in the chest. He managed to run to the 2600 block of Quantico Avenue before collapsing.

Thursday, April 20

1:20 a.m. An unidentified man was found shot several times in the kitchen of a home in the 1400 block of Kuper Street near the B&O Railroad Museum. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center half an hour later.

12:43 p.m. That afternoon homicide detectives received a call from Southern District police saying there was a shooting victim at Harbor Hospital who was not expected to live. Vincent Paige, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot in the 3400 block of Spelman Road in Cherry Hill and died at Harbor Hospital at 1:33 p.m. This is the second murder in this block this year.

9:21 p.m. Later that night, an unidentified African-American man was found lying in the 1400 block of Poplar Grove Street. He had been shot in the upper body. He died at Shock Trauma at 9:45 p.m.

Friday, April 21

3:21 a.m. Jarell Adams, a 20-year-old African-American man, was discovered lying on the sidewalk in the 2400 block of East Oliver Street in the Broadway East neighborhood. He had been shot numerous times and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 3:57 a.m. He was identified by his mother and father. This is the fifth murder in Broadway East in 2006. No other neighborhood has had so many homicides this year.

Sunday, April 23

12:10 p.m. Police were called to the scene of a double shooting in the 2500 block of Arunah Avenue in West Baltimore near Lafayette Elementary School. They found Jennifer Morelock, a 25-year-old Caucasian woman, lying in an alley behind the 700 block of Whitmore Avenue. Jason Woycio, a 29-year-old Caucasian man, was found in the front passenger seat of a red Pontiac Grand Am. Both of them had been shot. The pair, who were from Westminster, pulled into the 600 block of Whitmore Avenue and spoke to a man in front of a barbershop. They then drove around to Arunah, where they were shot numerous times. Woycio died at Shock Trauma at 12:42 p.m. Morelock, who was five months pregnant, died there at 5 p.m. This is the second murder of a pregnant woman in 24 days.

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