Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 151
Four deaths resulting from incidents that took place earlier this year were added to the homicide rolls this week. On June 17 at 7:18 p.m. a man was walking in the woods in Gwynns Falls Park behind the 1300 block of Woodington Road when he discovered a decomposed body and called police. The body was identified as that of Riley Pettus, a 43-year-old African-American man from Greenmount West. Because of the decomposition, the cause of death was not readily apparent, but the next day the medical examiner ruled Pettus’ death a murder--he had been shot repeatedly.
Just after noon on May 19, staff at the Executive Inn in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway found a man lying dead in a room at the hotel. The man, 35-year-old African-American Tarik Tynes, had died from being beaten in the head. His death was ruled a homicide on June 19.
On May 23 at 4:37 p.m. police were called to the 1900 block of Presstman Street near Carver Vocational-Technical High for a man lying naked in the street. When they arrived they found Voltaire Conway, a 40-year-old African-American from Sandtown-Winchester, wearing only a T-shirt and suffering from severe head trauma. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition and died on May 25 at 7 a.m. His death was ruled a homicide June 21.
On Aug. 29, 2005, a man was heading into a 7-Eleven in the 1100 block of East Cold Spring Lane in New Northwood when he was stopped by someone in the store parking lot. The person threw the man to the ground and started kicking and punching him in the head and body. When the man lost consciousness his attacker went through his pockets, stole a cell phone and some money, and fled. The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was found to have neurological damage and was in critical condition. A suspect was arrested for the robbery and assault on Oct. 15, 2005, but as of press time the case was still marked as open and police had not released the dead man’s name. Nor could they furnish the date of his death.
Monday, June 18
9:33 p.m. David Carter, a 26-year-old African-American man, was outside in the 3400 block of St. Ambrose Street with a big group of people when someone came up, shot him several times in the head, and fled. This is the sixth homicide this year in Central Park Heights, tying it with Barclay and Carrollton Ridge as the most murderous neighborhoods in the city.
Tuesday, June 19
1:15 a.m. Ronnie Bundy, a 21-year-old African-American man, got into an argument with someone in the 2900 block of Miles Avenue in Remington, two blocks from the Papermoon Diner. The person he was fighting with pulled out a gun and shot Bundy in the neck. Bundy died at Shock Trauma half an hour later.
Thursday, June 21
12:30 a.m. Roughly a mile away from where Bundy was killed, a 24-year-old African-American man named George Wilson was driving in the 3100 block of Ellerslie Avenue in Better Waverly, near the Stadium Place YMCA. A dark-colored sedan drove up to Wilson’s car, and someone in the sedan shot Wilson in the head. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:07 a.m.
Saturday, June 23
2:48 a.m. A man was shot in the upper body in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Upton. He tried to flee the scene in a green car but lost consciousness and crashed shortly after turning the corner onto Mosher Street. He died at Shock Trauma at 4:27 a.m. Police are waiting until the man’s family has been notified of his death to release his name.
Tyree White, a 24-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to the murder of Trayvon Granger on June 19, just before his trial was set to start. According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, on Aug. 17, 2005, White and Anthony Eubanks, a 21-year-old African-American man, met up with Granger, a 20-year-old African-American man, at the intersection of Pall Mall Road and Loyola Southway. Granger and Eubanks were first cousins. The three men talked and then Granger ran away. White and Eubanks chased him, and White shot him during the chase. The shooting was allegedly caused by a dispute over $1,500 in drug money. White was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Eubanks, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, received five years in prison.
On June 22, Maurice Crosby, a 19-year-old African-American man, and Erica Ammenhauser, a 20-year-old Caucasian woman, turned themselves into police. They were charged with the June 10 murder of Michael Simms, an 18-year-old African-American man.
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