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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/21/2006

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 125

The man who was shot dead on June 11 in the 1400 block of Aisquith Street has been identified as Larry Thompson, a 30-year-old African-American man from the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood.

The death of Said Sawab, 36-year-old man whose race was labeled by police as “other,” was added to the murder rolls this week. Sawab was found dead on March 22 during a fire inside his apartment building. Investigators have determined that the fire was an arson, making Sawab’s death a homicide.

Tuesday, June 13

9:13 p.m. Cynthia Riley, a 56-year-old African-American woman, was found shot to death in her home in the 5700 block of Simmonds Avenue near Pimlico Race Course. Last month another woman, Whitney Wiley, was killed two blocks away.

10:15 p.m. An hour later near Druid Hill Park, Kevin Sewell, a 20-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the street in the 2900 block of Towanda Avenue, bleeding from the head. He died at 10:55 p.m. at Sinai Hospital from a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Wednesday, June 14

1:47 a.m. Police found Trey Branch, a 21-year-old African-American man, lying in an alley behind the 2700 block of East Preston Street in Berea. He was shot repeatedly in the face and torso and was dead before he could be taken to a hospital.

8:15 a.m. Later that morning on the same street, Donald Lewis, a 23-year-old African-American man, was found lying facedown in the 900 block of East Preston Street near Johnston Square. Lewis, who had been shot in the head, was dead.

Saturday, June 17

2:35 a.m. A 28-year-old African-American man, identified by police as Blackburn John, was found lying facedown in the 2800 block of Ellicott Drive in West Baltimore. He had been shot repeatedly and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died an hour later.

Sunday, June 18

12:34 a.m. A few blocks away a man left a liquor store in the 1600 block of Smallwood Avenue. He was walking down the street when someone approached him, spoke to him for a moment, then pulled out a gun and shot him several times. The man who was shot was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died at 1:05 a.m. Police have not yet been able to identify the victim.

The Baltimore Police Department’s homicide total as of June 19 was 124, one less than the number shown in this column. As of press time, BPD was unable to account for the discrepancy.

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