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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/26/2007

Murders Sept. 10-16: 7
Murders Sept. 17-23: 5
Murders This Year: 227

Murder Ink did not appear in last week's Best of Baltimore issue so this week's column includes murders from Sept. 10 to 23. The official Baltimore Police Department homicide total as of Sept. 24 is 226, one fewer than the count in this column. As of press time, police could not account for the discrepancy. According to our count, there have been 28 more murders this year than at the same time last year. An average of 25 people have been murdered every month this year.

Monday, Sept. 10

12:20 a.m. Police were called to a home in the 3600 block of Elmley Avenue in Belair-Edison by a relative of Antonio Clyburn. The relative said he had received a call from Clyburn, rushed over, and forced his way into the house Clyburn shared with his girlfriend and their children to find Clyburn, a 36-year-old African-American man, and his girlfriend, Khonji Walton, a 27-year-old African-American woman, dead. The police investigation revealed that Walton came home with the children and found Clyburn in the house with a gun. The children were told to go upstairs. After they did, Clyburn shot Walton. Clyburn then went upstairs, got the children, and walked them out of the house past their mother's body. He took them to a relative's house and said goodbye to them. Clyburn then went home, called some family members, and shot himself. Walton is the 19th woman murdered this year. This is also the third time this year in the city that a man has shot a woman he was involved with and then himself. In all three cases children were present.

Saturday, Sept. 15

12:01 a.m. Qasim Kabah, a 29-year-old African-American man, was found dead in a pool of blood inside his home in the 2500 block of Terra Firma Road in Cherry Hill. Kabah had been stabbed during an argument.

1:06 a.m. An hour later police were called to the scene of a shooting at the Top Shelf Lounge in the 3300 block of Old Frederick Road. Two people were shot during the incident. One survived his injuries. The other, John Christen, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times and died.

11:08 a.m. Brian Smith, a 27-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the vestibule of Song's Food Mart in the 2300 block of East Oliver Street. Smith was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital but died at 11:33 a.m. This is the ninth murder this year in Broadway East, making it the most murderous neighborhood in the city.

Sunday, Sept. 16

2:30 a.m. Tyrone Jones, a 26-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the 1500 block of North Woodyear Street in Sandtown-Winchester. He had been shot in the upper body but was conscious. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center but died an hour later.

4:30 p.m. Channing Myrick, a 26-year-old African-American man, and Deion Morris, a 23-year-old African-American man, were in the 3400 block of Belair Road when they were approached by someone who shot them both repeatedly. They were taken to Hopkins Hospital but died on arrival. Three people were murdered in Belair-Edison this week.

Monday, Sept. 17

10:45 a.m. Richard Asare, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot in the stomach in the 1300 block of East Cold Spring Lane near Morgan State University. He died at Hopkins Hospital at 11:19 a.m.

11:32 p.m. That night, Glenn Conley, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times in the 2900 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

6:22 p.m. Police found Darrick Harris, a 40-year-old African-American man, behind a building in the 2600 block of East Chase Street. Harris, whose birthday was that day, was suffering from blunt-force trauma to the head. Police also located a second victim, a 33-year-old African-American man, who had also suffered blunt-force trauma. Both were taken to Hopkins Hospital. Harris died at 7:09 p.m. The other man survived. According to police, the survivor said that he and Harris were in a building in that block when they were physically assaulted. He wouldn't say why they were in the building, who assaulted them, or what they were assaulted with.

Thursday, Sept. 20

4:47 a.m. Robert Rutledge, a 40-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the alley behind the 2800 block of Parkwood Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He was taken to Shock Trauma but was declared brain-dead and was taken off life support Sept. 22 at 3 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

6:05 p.m. A man was in the 1600 block of West 41st Street under the Jones Fall Expressway overpass in Woodberry when he found a dead body in some garbage and called 911. William Diven, a 46-year-old Caucasian man, had been beaten to death and left there.

Updates

On Sept. 10, Andre Haskins, a 22-year-old African-American man, was indicted for the May 29 murder of Neil Rather, an 18-year-old African-American man. Haskins is the second person indicted in connection with Rather's murder. Christopher Ford, a 17-year-old African-American male who was arrested shortly after the incident, was indicted in June. The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office alleges that Haskin shot Rather during an argument over $20.

Darryl Halsey, a 25-year-old African-American man, was indicted on Sept. 18 for the May 16 murder of Earl Cornish, a 21-year-old African-American man. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Cornish got into an argument with a woman Halsey knew so Halsey hit Cornish in the face and then shot him in the back

George Jenkins, a 24-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murder on Sept. 21. Jenkins allegedly shot Demithrius Spears, a 32-year-old African-American man, in the face in the 300 block of East 27th Street on June 20, 2006, killing him. Jenkins had pleaded guilty in 2003 to shooting Spears' brother in the face; he survived. Jenkins was sentenced to 20 years in prison for that crime, but all but five were suspended. Demithrius Spears was murdered three and a half years after Jenkins' guilty plea.

Joshua Mills, a 21-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly shooting Antwon Torain, a 35-year-old African-American man, to death on Nov. 27, 2005, after Torain asked Mills and two other men for help when he locked himself out of his car. The two other men were sentenced to 10 years each for their involvement in the murder.

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