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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/29/2006

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 246

Tuesday, Nov. 21

6:19 p.m. Police found Tereem Taylor, a 21-year-old African-American man, lying on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of West Saratoga Street in Franklin Square. He had been shot in the head. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center but was dead by the time he arrived.

Thursday, Nov. 23

10:05 p.m. On Thanksgiving night police were called to the Kozy Korner bar in the 700 block of Bartlett Avenue. John Dowery, a 38-year-old African-American man, and a 28-year-old African-American woman had been shot while inside the bar. They were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The woman was treated and released. Dowery died at 11:10 p.m. This is the second murder in East Baltimore Midway in four days.

Saturday, Nov. 25

2:19 a.m. Just a couple of blocks from where Dowery was killed, Shawn Reed, a 32-year-old African-American man, was found shot in the head in a car in the 400 block of East 22nd Street. He died at Hopkins Hospital at 12:40 p.m. that day. This is the sixth murder in Barclay this year.

Sunday, Nov. 26

7:24 p.m. A man was found lying in the intersection of Groveland Avenue and Garrison Boulevard. He had been stabbed repeatedly and died half an hour later at Sinai Hospital. While police were investigating the stabbing, officers a few blocks away in the 5100 block of Reisterstown Road were approached by a man who said that he stabbed someone during a fight. The man had blood on his clothes and cuts on his hands. The man has been charged with the murder, but police have declined to release his name. Police havenít released the victimís name either, as he has only been tentatively identified and his family has not yet been notified of his death.

9:30 p.m. Two hours later three teenagers were shot in Cherry Hill. Police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Shellbanks Road. Inside, they found Bernard Simon, a 13-year-old African-American male, lying on the living room floor. He had been shot. Two brothers, ages 15 and 16, had also been shot. Simon was taken to Harbor Hospital, where he died at 10:12 p.m. The brothers were taken to Hopkins Hospital and survived. This is the ninth murder in Cherry Hill this year. Central Park Heights and Broadway East are the only other neighborhoods that have had as many murders this year. Simon is also the 44th person under 20 years old to be murdered in 2006--thatís about one out of every six homicide victims.

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