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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/11/2007

Murders This Week: 2
Murders This Year: 73

Monday, April 2

2:16 a.m. Darrell Smith, a 21-year-old African-American man, was found lying face-down in the 3600 block of St. Margaret’s Street in Brooklyn. He had been shot repeatedly in the head and body and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 2:54 a.m. This is the fourth murder in Brooklyn this year, tying Broadway East for Baltimore’s most murderous neighborhood.

Sunday, April 8

5:18 p.m. Eric Zurawski, a 39-year-old Caucasian man, was stabbed in the 1300 block of West Ostend Street in Pigtown near the B&O Railroad Museum. He died at Shock Trauma less than an hour later. Zurawski is the fifth Caucasian person murdered this year.


The person shot several times in the 2500 block of East Biddle Street on March 27 has been identified as Ronald Harmon, a 16-year-old African-American male. This raises the number of teenagers murdered in the city this year to 16.

According to a press release from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the Sept. 12, 2006, murder of Anthony D’Urso, a 2-year-old Caucasian boy, has been closed. The child’s mother, Destiny D’Urso, a 25-year-old Caucasian, and her boyfriend Paul Highfield, a 27-year-old Caucasian (not the child’s father), were indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury on April 3 for beating Anthony to death.

On April 6, Donald Washington, a 23-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old African-American daughter, Andrea Butler-Carroll, to death on Sept. 23, 2004. Washington pleaded guilty to the murder in October 2005 but wasn’t sentenced until last week. According to State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Joseph Sviatko, the delay between the plea and the sentencing was requested by the defense and was not objected to by the prosecutor.

Also on the 6th, Terry Nelson, a 22-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of murdering Jimmy Sabb, a 17-year-old African-American male, on Jan. 13, 2006. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Nelson and Sabb sold drugs together the day before and got into an argument about money. The next day Nelson allegedly shot Sabb seven times. Nelson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder with an additional 40 years for using a handgun in a violent crime and conspiracy to commit murder.

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