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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/11/2007

Murders this week: 5
Murders this year: 164

Due to holiday deadlines, last week's column only covered homicides from Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29. This week's column contains that weekend's murders as well as those from this week.


Saturday, June 30

9 p.m. Police were called to a shooting in the 1100 block of Granby Street, behind Corned Beef Row, but when they arrived they couldn't find the victim. A few minutes later, police got a call that a shooting victim had walked into Johns Hopkins Hospital. Paul Cornish, a 28-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 1100 block of Granby with friends when someone rode up on a bike, pulled out a gun, and shot him. Cornish's friends drove him to Hopkins, but he died at 10:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 1

2:30 a.m. Davon Turner, a 21-year-old African-American man, was standing with friends in the 800 block of North Patterson Park Avenue when an African-American man in dark clothing and shoulder-length braids approached him. The man pulled out a gun and shot Turner repeatedly. After Turner fell, the man stood over him and shot him several more times in the head.

7:20 a.m. Police found Gerard Smith, a 25-year-old African-American man, slumped over the steering wheel of a silver Honda Accord in the 4800 block of Herring Run Drive in Lauraville. He had been shot repeatedly and was dead. This is the third murder in Lauraville this year.

6:50 p.m. The body of Christopher Barrett, a 52-year-old African-American man, was found in an alley behind the 1500 block of Bond Street in Oliver. He had been shot and dumped in a trash can.


Monday, July 2

11:30 a.m. Nathaniel Price, a 30-year-old African-American, was found inside his car behind the 4900 block of Greencrest Road in Frankford. Price was reported missing on June 30 by his mother, who hadn't seen him in two days. On July 2, the company that Price leased his car from located the vehicle via LoJack and called the police. An officer went to check out the location, found the car, smelled a foul odor, and saw flies. Price was found in the cargo area of the Jeep Cherokee. He had been shot several times. Price is the 16th person found murdered in a car this year and the fourth in 11 days.

12:13 p.m. Just after noon, Allen Burton, a 39-year-old African-American man, and another person were shot by a person in a black hoodie and blue jeans in the 2000 block of North Guilford Avenue behind the Baltimore City Public School System's North Avenue headquarters. Burton died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 12:45 p.m. The other shooting victim survived. This is the seventh murder in Barclay this year, making it the most murderous neighborhood in the city. It is four blocks wide and five blocks long.

11:25 p.m. That night, Antonio Tracey, a 31-year-old African-American man, was walking toward a car in the 1100 block of Greenmount Avenue when he was shot numerous times throughout his body. He died at Hopkins just after midnight on July 3.


Tuesday, July 3

10:39 p.m. Police were called to a home in the 1700 block of North Broadway in Oliver for a person not breathing. When they arrived, they were met by the son of Phyllis Johnson, a 40-year-old African-American woman. Johnson's son told police he came in the back door and found his mother lying at the top of the stairs. She had been stabbed several times and died at Hopkins at 10:51 p.m. Johnson is the 11th female murdered this year.


Friday, July 6

9:35 p.m. Three people were shot in the street in the 800 block of North Payson Street in West Baltimore. A man was shot in the stomach, a woman was shot in the left thigh, and George Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head. The man and woman survived, but Johnson died at Shock Trauma at 10 p.m.


In addition, the death of Mario Mauro, a 53-year-old Caucasian man, was added to the homicide rolls on July 8. Mauro died as a result of a beating that occurred at 11:42 p.m. on June 27, but as of press time, police would not give any further information about the date he actually died or the circumstances surrounding his death. H


The man found lying dead on an embankment in the 2300 block of Cylburn Avenue on June 27 has been identified as Jewels Cook, a 36-year-old African-American man.

Joseph Johnson, a 28-year-old African-American man, has been identified as the man shot to death while trying to steal the rims off a Mercedes in the 4000 block of Cedardale Road on June 29. Charles Brockington, a 47-year-old African-American man, has been charged with second-degree murder and handgun violations. According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Johnson had gotten into his car and was driving away when Brockington shot him.

George Williams, a 52-year-old African-American man, has been identified as the man who was beaten and robbed outside a convenience store in the 1100 block of Cold Spring Lane on Aug. 29, 2005. His death was ruled a homicide late last month, but police did not initially furnish Williams’ name, date of death, or why it took so long for his death to be declared a homicide. That information has now been released. Williams died July 16, 2006, in a nursing home, but he was buried without an autopsy. His body was exhumed Feb. 1 of this year and his death was ruled a homicide as a result of the beating on June 20. An arrest was made after the initial incident, but the case is still open because the charges were dropped after witnesses failed to appear.

On June 18, Tracey Williams, a 34-year-old African-American man, was charged with the April 30 murder of Eric Queen, a 24-year-old African-American man. According to police,Williams was already in Central Booking on an unrelated matter when he was charged.

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