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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/12/2007

Murders The Week Of Aug. 27-Sept. 1: 6
Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 215

Due to the Labor Day holiday last week's column only covered murders from Aug. 27 to 31. This week's column contains homicides from Sept. 1 to 9.

Saturday, Sept. 1

10:10 p.m. Gary Watts, a 21-year-old African-American man from Central Park Heights, was walking in the 1300 block of North Rosedale Street with two friends. A dark-colored car approached them and at least one person inside the car started firing at Watts. Watts was hit numerous times and fell to the ground. His friends ran off and the car drove away. Watts died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. This is the seventh murder in Rosemont this year and the second in three days.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

8:15 a.m. Jasmine Borum, a 17-year-old African-American female, and her grandmother Pauline Borum, a 60-year-old African-American woman, were shot to death in their home in the 6100 block of Macbeth Drive in Northern Baltimore. Pauline Borum's daughter arrived home and found the two bloody bodies in the house. So far, 18 females have been murdered this year in the city; 10 of those murders took place in the last three months.

9:04 p.m. That night another teenager was murdered. Davon Qualls, a 17-year-old African-American male, was shot repeatedly in the head in the 2500 block of Garrett Avenue. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital less than an hour later. Qualls is 20th juvenile murdered this year.

Friday, Sept. 7

12:15 p.m. Barry Newman, a 29-year-old African-American man, died at Shock Trauma a week after he was shot. Newman was shot several times in the 200 block of South Calhoun Street near the B&O Railroad Museum at 11:40 p.m. on Aug. 31. He staggered in the middle of the street before collapsing. He was taken to Shock Trauma where he underwent surgery to remove his right lung. He survived the surgery but died seven days later.

Sunday, Sept. 9

11 a.m. Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute in the 2500 block of Lauretta Avenue near the West Baltimore MARC stop. According to police, Darryl Harcum, a 45-year-old African-American man, had pinned his brother against a wall with a knife to his throat. Police told Harcum to drop the knife, briefly distracting him from his brother, who tried to run out the back door. Harcum chased after his brother waving the knife and police shot Harcum repeatedly. This is the 25th police-involved shooting this year; nine of them have been fatal.


The names of the three unidentified victims from last week have been released. Lacy Hazel, a 44-year-old African-American man from Hollins Market, was the person found shot in the head behind a vacant building in the 400 block of South Payson Street in Carrollton Ridge on Aug. 28. The man who died in the quadruple shooting in the 3000 block of Normount Court on Aug. 30 was Kahlil Taylor, a 22-year-old African-American man. He would have turned 23 the next day. The person found lying in the middle of the 2000 block of East Fairmount Avenue in Butchers Hill has been identified as 20-year-old African-American man Sean Blackwell. Blackwell was shot numerous times throughout his body.

On Aug. 14 police arrested Lamar Williams, a 20-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Tarik Tynes, a 35-year-old African-American man. Two days later, Charles Cevis, a 26-year-old African-American man, was also arrested and charged with the murder. Tynes was found beaten to death in a hotel room on May 19.

On Aug. 20, police arrested Candice Page, a 28-year-old African-American woman, in Cumberland and charged her with the March 17 murder of Edwin Mathews, a 30-year-old African-American man. Page was found at the scene of Mathews' murder with a graze wound to the head. She was initially considered a second victim. Police now believe that the wound was self-inflicted and that Page shot and killed Mathews.

Terrell Bridget, a 17-year-old African-American male, was in jail on unrelated charges on Aug. 22 when he was charged with the June 5 murder of Tyrone Bonner, a 30-year-old African-American man. Four days later, police arrested Marcus Pettiford, a 21-year-old African-American man, during a car stop. According to police, Pettiford tried to give a fake name during the stop but was recognized by the detectives who stopped him. Pettiford has also been charged with Bonner's murder.

Sandra Milton, a 46-year-old Caucasian woman, was arrested in Cumberland on Aug. 27 for the murder of Ramana Bradley, a 40-year-old Caucasian woman. Bradley was beaten to death. At least eight women have been charged with 2007 homicides.

Shawn Dickey, a 21-year-old African-American man, was indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury on Sept. 6 for a shooting on May 22 that left Alexander Rose, a 23-year-old African-American man, dead and another person injured.

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