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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/16/2006

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 171

The man found shot in a car in the 2600 block of Evergreen Avenue on Aug. 3 has been identified as Gerald Edison, a 30-year-old African-American man from Edgewood. Horace Fauntleroy, a 36-year-old African-American man from Baltimore County, was the man found shot to death in the Parklane neighborhood on Aug. 6.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

4 a.m. Cecil Saunders, a 27-year-old African-American man, was found lying in a pool of blood in the stairwell of a motel in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway. Police say Saunders had been beaten to death while visiting someone at the motel.

Saturday, Aug. 12

9:56 a.m. Police got a call about an assault in a home in the 300 block of Fonthill Avenue. When they got there the officers spoke to a woman, who said her son, 14-year-old African-American Kevin Cooper, had assaulted her boyfriend. According to police, the officers were able to mollify the conflict, at which point the backup officer left. Police say Cooper then attacked the remaining officer, hitting him over the head with a broom handle. The officer attempted to mace Cooper several times but was ineffective. When Cooper came after the officer with the jagged end of the broom handle, the officer shot him once in the shoulder. Cooper was taken to St. Agnes Hospital but was dead by the time he arrived. The officer was treated for a concussion and cuts to his head at Mercy Hospital. Cooper’s family is planning to file a wrongful death suit against the police that disputes their account of events. This is the second fatal police-involved shooting in eight days. Cooper is the 17th homicide victim under 18 years old this year.

Sunday, Aug. 13

3:30 a.m. Jujuan Winfield, a 21-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 4900 block of Nelson Avenue near the Northwestern District police station. He had been shot several times by a person who then rode away on a gray motor scooter. Cooper died an hour later at Sinai Hospital.

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