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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 5/10/2006

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 93

The name of the man shot in the head in the 4100 block of Elderon Avenue on April 29 has been released. He was Shaheed Boyd, a 24-year-old African-American man from the Rosemont neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 3

12:25 p.m. Charles County police found the lower half of a body. The next day the upper half of the same body was found in Prince Georgeís County. The remains belonged to Donald Russell, a 64-year-old Caucasian man who lived in the 1400 block of Dukeland Street near Rosemont Elementary School in Baltimore. He had not been seen since April 30. Police contend Russell was arguing with Octavius Savage, a 20-year-old African-American man, when Savage killed him by asphyxiation. Savage then dismembered Russellís body and disposed of the lower body in Charles County and the upper body in Prince Georgeís. Savage was arrested May 6 and charged with Russellís murder.

Thursday, May 4

12:20 a.m. Kenneth Oakley, a 41-year-old African-American man, was chased into the vestibule of his home in the 2300 block of East Preston Street by a man with a gun. The man shot Oakley at least once in the chest and ran. Oakley collapsed in the hallway. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 12:54 a.m. This is the sixth murder in Broadway East, and the third murder within a block of this location, this year.

Friday, May 5

1:02 p.m. Pierre Alston, a 26-year-old African-American man, was found by his roommate in their home in the 3600 block of Edmondson Avenue near Edmondson-Westside High School. Alston had been shot in the forehead. Medics pronounced him dead eight minutes later.

11 p.m. Kevin Hodges, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the head behind the 2200 block of Guilford Avenue near Lovely Lane Methodist Church. This is the 12th murder in the Northern police district this year.

Sunday, May 7

10:40 a.m. Zion Clemmons, a 16-month-old African-American boy, was left by his mother in the care of someone in the 1300 block of Harlem Avenue. The child started having trouble breathing and medics were called. Clemmons died less than an hour later at University of Maryland Medical Center. An autopsy revealed that he died from blunt-force trauma. Clemmons is the second child under 2 years old to be murdered in the last two weeks. Kayah Jackson, the baby girl killed April 26, was 14 months old, not 4 months old as was reported in this column last week.

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