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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 1/23/2008

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 9

Monday, Jan. 14

6:20 p.m. Edward Smith, a 14-year-old African-American male, was shot in the chest in a parking lot in the 800 block of Bethune Avenue in Cherry Hill. Someone at the scene picked Smith up and moved him out of danger. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. This is the second homicide in this block this year.

Thursday, Jan. 17

8:40 p.m. A 19-year-old African-American man was found lying in an alley in the 3500 block of Cliftmont Avenue in Belair-Edison. He had been shot repeatedly in the upper body and was dead by the time he arrived at the hospital. Police are waiting until the victim's family has been notified to release his name. He is the fourth teenager murdered this year.

10:56 p.m. Two hours later, Collin Mazyck, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot in the 2700 block of Tivoly Avenue near Clifton Park. He died 20 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. According to police, Mazyck tried to buy drugs from someone in the block. The person shot Mazyck and left the area. Family members told The Sun that Mazyck was killed during a robbery, not a drug deal.

Saturday, Jan. 19

9:30 p.m. Effrem Kearney, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 1500 block of Holbrook Street near Green Mount Cemetery. He died at Hopkins Hospital at 11:10 p.m.


An arrest was made in the Sept. 23, 2005, murder of Samuel Shufford, a 59-year-old African-American man. On Jan. 14 police arrested Steven Wynn, a 46-year-old African-American man, at his work in Baltimore County and charged him with murder and robbery, among other things.

Also on Jan. 14, Destiny D'Urso, a 26-year-old Caucasian woman, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. As part of her plea agreement, D'Urso will testify against Paul Highfield, a 28-year-old Caucasian man. According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, on Sept. 12, 2006, D'Urso left her 2-year-old son, Anthony D'Urso, with Highfield, who was her boyfriend at the time. When she returned from work the boy was vomiting uncontrollably and had several knuckle-sized bruises on his stomach. Destiny D'Urso did not take the boy to the hospital, but instead put him to bed. He died during the night. His death was ruled a homicide by blunt-force trauma. Highfield, who was not the child's father, has been charged with murder and child abuse. His trial is scheduled for March 17

Earl Bazemore, a 20-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to the murder of Andrew Jackson, a 26-year-old African-American man. Bazemore was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Victor Miller, a 21-year-old African-American man, also pleaded guilty to Jackson's murder on Jan. 7 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Jackson was shot three times in the back of the head in Reservoir Hill on Sept. 25, 2006. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Jackson was a member of the L-Set of the Bloods and was killed for "misrepresenting his status inside the gang." Bazemore and Miller were allegedly members of another set of Bloods called the East Side Bounty Hunters. Sharod Mattox, a then-20-year-old African-American man, was arrested for Jackson's murder on Oct. 7, 2006 but on October 24, 2006 the State's Attorney's office declined to prosecute Mattox .

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