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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/25/2006

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 222

Two more murders were closed this week. Demetries Sturgis, a 22-year-old African-American man, was arrested Oct. 17 at his girlfriend’s house in the 1100 block of McAleer Court for stabbing Rasheed Stevenson to death July 18.

On Oct. 18, Gerryl Boatwright, a 15-year-old African-American man, was arrested for the Oct. 2 murder of 16-year-old Bernard Davis. Davon Gardner, a 20-year-old African-American man, was also arrested, on Oct. 10, for the crime.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

7:50 p.m. Marcus Rogers, a 26-year-old African-American man, died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center six days after he was beaten and his apartment was set on fire. The fire department was called to an apartment building in the 1000 block of St. Paul Street near the Belvedere for a fire. Once they put the fire out, they found Rogers on the floor of his apartment. He was taken, unconscious and bleeding from the head, to Bayview; he had a cracked skull and several other head injuries. Zukael Stephens, a 29-year-old African-American man, was arrested Oct. 20 for Rogers’ murder and the arson.

10 p.m. Police found Cornett Robinson, a 16-year-old African-American, shot several times in the 2800 block of Carver Road in Cherry Hill. He died 45 minutes later at Harbor Hospital. Robinson was the second 16-year-old to be murdered in two days. The total number of juveniles murdered so far in 2006 is 22. In 2005 there were 14 total.

Sunday, Oct. 22

3:05 a.m. Joel Bradley, a 39-year-old African-American man, was beaten at a bus stop in the 700 block of Cumberland Street in Sandtown-Winchester. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 5:35 p.m. from blunt-force trauma to the head. Police believe Bradley had been robbed because his pockets were turned inside out.

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