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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/4/2006

Murders This Week: 10
Murders This Year: 209

On Sept. 26 Irvin Merritt, a 47-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 45 years suspended for the Feb. 16 murder of Frederica Moseley. According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Moseley had been a victim of domestic violence at Merritt’s hands several times before she was murdered.

For the second week in a row, the police’s homicide number differs from the one reflected in this column. Police still haven’t been able to account for the discrepancy.

This is the third week this year that can claim 10 murders.

Monday, Sept. 25

5:26 a.m. Andrew Jackson, a 26-year-old African-American man from McElderry Park, was shot in the head in the 2300 block of Mount Royal Terrace in Reservoir Hill. He was dead by the time police arrived.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

9 a.m. Davon Sampson, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot in the 3300 block of St. Ambrose Avenue in Central Park Heights. He died at Sinai Hospital at 10:35 a.m. This is the second murder committed in the 3300 block of St. Ambrose this month.

6:46 p.m. The fire department was called to the 4000 block of Biddison Lane. There firefighters found Janice Letmate, a 67-year-old Caucasian woman, lying on the sidewalk. Medics took her to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, but she was dead on arrival. Her death was initially blamed on cardiac arrest, but an examination revealed a suspicious wound, so the hospital notified the police. The wound was later determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. Police discovered shell casings on the street near where Letmate was found. On Oct. 1 police arrested Devon Richardson, a 14-year-old African-American male, for Letmate’s murder. Richardson is the youngest person to be arrested for a 2006 murder. At least six 15-year-olds have also been arrested for 2006 murders.

9:55 p.m. Police found Lateef Chase, a 25-year-old African-American man, lying on the sidewalk in the 500 block of Parkin Street with a bicycle between his legs. He had been shot in the back and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center half an hour later. His body was identified by his grandmother.

Thursday, Sept. 28

12:26 a.m. Two men entered Sultan Matthew’s home in the 1200 block of North Dukeland Street. They argued with Matthews, a 19-year-old African-American man, and then shot him in the head. He died at Shock Trauma at 8:39 a.m.

1:37 a.m. Gary Nelson, a 47-year-old African-American man, was sitting on his front porch in the 1700 block of East 30th Street when he was stabbed in the face and upper body. He tried to get inside but didn’t make it. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 2:20 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 29

3:43 p.m. Lamont Brown, a 20-year-old African-American man, was walking in the 2700 block of Quantico Avenue in Central Park Heights when he was shot repeatedly. He died at Sinai Hospital at 4:07 p.m. This is the ninth murder in Central Park Heights this year. Central Park Heights has been the site of more murders this year than any other neighborhood in the city.

Saturday, Sept. 30

12:23 a.m. Victor Council, a 43-year-old African-American man from Reisterstown Station, was walking in the 1400 block of West Baltimore Street in Franklin Square when two men came up to him. They spoke and then shot Council in the back of the head. He died at Shock Trauma 12 hours later.

10:32 p.m. That night, Jamelle Carter, an 18-year-old African-American male also from Reisterstown Station, was standing with a group of friends in the 2500 block of Oswego Avenue in Greenspring. A man approached the group, pulled out a handgun, and started shooting at Carter, hitting him several times. Carter’s friends ran, and the man chased at least one of them while still shooting, but no other injuries have been reported. Carter died before he could be taken to the hospital.

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