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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/30/2006

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 178

A second victim died in the Aug. 14 triple shooting in Harwood. Rodtinae Jones, a 16-year-old African-American male from the neighborhood, died on Aug. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He had been shot in the head and body. Jones is the 17th person under 18 to be murdered this year. There were 13 people under 18 killed in all of 2005.

According to police, the two fatal police-involved shootings are not being counted toward this yearís homicide total.

Monday, Aug. 21

5 a.m. A gold car was found in an alley in the 3700 block of Beehler Avenue in Central Park Heights. The carís headlights were on and keys were in the ignition, but the engine wasnít running. The car appeared to have hit a pole in the alley and there were bullet holes in the side window. Kevin Sharpe, a 35-year-old African-American man, was found in the driverís seat. He had been shot repeatedly in the face and neck and was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:23 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 25

4:50 p.m. An unidentified African-American woman was found lying on the ground in the 2500 block of Jefferson Street in McElderry Park with a small puncture wound to her left breast. Her body had begun decomposing. An autopsy revealed that the puncture wound was a bullet hole. Twenty-one females have been murdered this year. All but three of those females were African-American.

Sunday, Aug. 27

4:45 a.m. Two males were shot in the 2800 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill. Damien Studivant, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot once in the chest and was taken to Harbor Hospital by a friend. Studivant died there an hour later. A 17-year-old African-American male was shot in the stomach and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center by medics. He is in critical condition. This is the seventh homicide in Cherry Hill this year, tying it with Broadway East as the Baltimore neighborhood with the highest number of murders this year.

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