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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/6/2007

Murders May 21-27: 10
Murders This Week: 8
Murders This Year: 128

Because of the Memorial Day holiday, last week's column only covered homicides from May 21 to 25. This week's column covers May 26 and 27 as well as the week of May 28. All together, there were 10 murders for the week of May 21. With eight homicides this week, Baltimore saw its sixth week this year with more murders than days. The total number of homicides as of Monday, June 4, was 15 higher than at the same time last year.

Saturday, May 26

2:20 a.m. Brian Johnson, a 31-year-old African-American man, was found lying at the bottom of some outdoor steps in the 1600 block of Vincent Court in Sandtown-Winchester. He had been shot repeatedly and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 2:50 a.m.

5:30 a.m. Three hours later, in Northeast Baltimore, police found Davon Williams, a 19-year-old African-American man, sitting in the driver's seat of a green minivan in the 5800 block of Waycross Road. He had been shot in the head and blood was coming from his mouth. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital. A red bandanna was found at the scene.

6:50 p.m. That night back in West Baltimore, Amin Reed, a 30-year-old African-American man, and a 49-year-old African-American woman were shot in the 700 block of North Payson Street in Midtown-Edmondson. Reed was shot once in the head and died at Shock Trauma at 10:12 p.m. The woman was grazed in the lower back and survived.

Sunday, May 27

2:30 p.m. Two homeless men got into an argument at the Oasis Station homeless shelter in the 200 block of North Gay Street near the main post office. One pulled out a large black kitchen knife and stabbed the other once in the chest and fled. The man who was stabbed, whose name has not yet been released by police pending family notification, ran to the first floor of the shelter and collapsed. He died an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The alleged stabber, George Kensler, a 59-year-old African-American man, returned to the shelter later that evening and was arrested.

Monday, May 28

10:20 p.m. Jourman Parson, a 17-year-old African-American male, was being chased by someone with a gun in the 1800 block of Mosher Street in Sandtown-Winchester when he ducked into a liquor store. The gunman followed Parson and shot him as he huddled in a corner. The gunman shot Parson once in the back and once in the back of the head before leaving the store. No one else was shot during the incident. Parson, who had a bullet lodged in his brain, died at 7:07 a.m. the next day.

Tuesday, May 29

1:30 a.m. Laron Henderson, a 27-year-old African-American man, was shot on the porch of a house in the 1600 block of Moreland Avenue near Easterwood Park. He died at Shock Trauma at 1:56 a.m.

2:55 p.m. Neil Rather, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in a parking lot at Clifton Avenue and Denison Street. Witnesses to the shooting pointed police in the direction of the gunman, leading police to arrest Christopher Ford, a 17-year-old African-American male, in the 3300 block of Clifton Avenue, a block from where the crime occurred. Rather died at Sinai Hospital at 4:16 p.m. He is the 29th teenager to be murdered this year.

Wednesday, May 30

12:57 a.m. John Drew, a 26-year-old African-American man, was found lying near the intersection of Warwick Avenue and Lexington Street in West Baltimore. He had been shot in the chest, and he left a blood trail that led two blocks away to Baltimore Street and Warwick. Witnesses say they heard gunshots and a car door close, then saw a maroon minivan speed away east on Lexington Street. Drew died at Shock Trauma less than an hour later.

Friday, June 1

2:02 p.m. Over on the east side, a triple shooting left two men injured and one dead. Three African-American men, ranging in age from 25 to 36, were inside Froggy's Detailing in the 2100 block of Sherwood Avenue. A person walked into the garage and began shooting at them. Two men, one hit in the leg and the other in the back, escaped through the rear door of the garage. The third man, who has been identified but whose name is not being released because his family hasn't been notified of his death, ran out the main door of the garage. The gunman chased him a few blocks to the 2200 block of Aiken Street, where the third man, who been shot numerous times, died. The other two men were taken to area hospitals and are expected to live. This is the 18th multiple shooting that resulted in a death this year.

Saturday, June 2

1:40 a.m. David Washington, a 24-year-old African-American man, was repeatedly shot in an alley off the 2700 block of Violet Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. He died at Sinai Hospital at 2:05 a.m. He lived a block away from where he was shot.

1:05 p.m. That afternoon, Shirley Cooper, a 72-year-old African-American woman, was found dead in her apartment in the 2600 block of Madison Avenue in Reservoir Hill. She was found by her son. She had been stabbed several times. Cooper is the oldest person to be murdered this year.

Sunday, June 3

9:57 a.m. Curtis Alexander, a 28-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in the 1900 block of West Lanvale Street in Midtown-Edmondson. He died at Shock Trauma half an hour later.


The man stabbed to death on May 25 in the 4000 block of Belvieu Avenue has been identified as Renard Maith, a 52-year-old African-American man.

The Feb. 18 murder of David Frasier, a 29-year-old African-American man, has been closed. Police believe that Brian Lessane, a 19-year-old African-American man, shot Frasier. Lessane was murdered the next day. His murder has not been solved.

Several other 2007 homicides were closed in May, bringing the total number of closed cases to 38 out of 128 murders--that's about 30 percent. Sixteen teenagers have been charged with 2007 homicides.

On May 7, Randy Golden, an 18-year-old African-American male, was charged with shooting Melissa Stefanski, a 23-year-old Caucasian women, in the head on Jan. 9. Golden was already in the Baltimore City Detention Center on unrelated charges. The same day, police arrested Kennis Lambert, a 17-year-old African-American man, for the April 29 murder of Azerwoine Walker, a 30-year-old African-American man.

Anthony Monroe, a 27-year-old African-American man, was arrested on May 16 for the Jan. 20 murder of Milan Walker, a 30-year-old African-American man.

On May 22, Damon Simpson, a 15-year-old African-American male whose nickname is Little D, was charged with fatally shooting Charles Hargrove, a 19-year-old African-American man, repeatedly in the head on March 20. Simpson was already in jail on unrelated charges when he was charged.

Antonio Oliver, a 23-year-old African-American man, turned himself in on May 29 for the murder of Deandre Hatcher, a 17-year-old African-American male. Hatcher was shot in the head and face on May 10.

On May 30, Shaidon Blake, a 35-year-old African-American man, and Jermile Harvey, a 23-year-old African-American man, were sentenced to life in prison for the April 12, 2006, murder of Terrence Randolph, a 19-year-old African-American man. According to the medical examiner's findings, Randolph was strangled, beaten, and stabbed 39 times. His body was then set on fire. Janet Johnson, a 19-year-old African-American woman, was also sentenced to life for the crime on June 1.

Also on June 1, Duane Elkerson, a 29-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 22-year-old African-American man Antonio Alford on July 20, 2006. Another person was also shot during the incident but survived his injuries. Elkerson was sentenced to 25 years in prison, only five of which are without the possibility of parole.

On May 31, Jeremy Grinnage, a 17-year-old African-American man who was in jail on unrelated charges, was charged with the fatal shooting of Pelvin Derrien, a 23-year-old African-American male, and his friend while they were playing video games on March 30. The friend survived.

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