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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/13/2008

Murders This Week: 2
Murders This Year: 18

There were only two homicides this week. As of Feb. 11 the city has had almost half as many homicides as it did at this time last year. This is by far the fewest number of homicides recorded at this point in the year in the four years this column has been collecting data.

Thursday, Feb. 7

12:45 p.m. A police officer was in the Allendale neighborhood when he was flagged down by someone who pointed him to an alley that runs beside the 500 block of North Loudon Avenue, just off Route 40 near the Edmondson Village Shopping Center. Halfway up the alley the officer found Emmanuel Bryant, a 22-year-old African-American man. He had been shot repeatedly in the head. Bryant died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 1:22 p.m. According to witnesses, Bryant went into the alley with two people, shots were heard, and the two people were seen running from the alley in different directions. One of the men has been described as an African-American of medium build with a light complexion, wearing a dark blue zip jacket with yellow stripes around the collar, dark pants, and a black skullcap. Bryant is the 12th African-American man under the age of 30 murdered this year.

3:22 p.m. That afternoon, Kermia Hair, a 25-year-old African-American woman, was found dead in her Bolton Hill home in the 1800 block of Bolton Street, three blocks from b, a Bolton Hill Bistro. She had been shot several times in the head and body. Hair is the second woman killed this year. Twelve of the 18 murders this year have been reported between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Updates

On Feb. 5, Davon Pearson, a 20-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the murder of Howard Jones, a 26-year-old African-American man. According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, on Aug. 2, 2006, Pearson agreed to kill Jones in exchange for an ounce of cocaine. During the trial, both Pearson's mother and his fiancée testified that he was at a candlelight vigil to protest violence in the city at the time of the murder. Pearson was 18 at the time.

An arrest was made in the June 8, 2007, murder of Jabari Stocks, a 3-year-old African-American boy who was beaten to death. Phillip Queen, a 28-year-old African-American man, was arrested Feb. 6 in Glen Burnie and charged with murder, assault, and child abuse. Queen was the boyfriend of Stocks' mother and was caring for the boy the night he died.

Also on Feb. 6, Ajamilla Longmore, a 20-year-old African-American man, was convicted of first-degree murder and handgun charges for the Dec. 13, 2006, murder of Ronald Stewart, a 29-year-old African-American man. Ernest Hudson, a 21-year-old African-American man, who was also charged with the murder, was found not guilty.

On Feb. 7, Raymond Handy, a 37-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the May 1, 2005, murder of Mark Jones, a 40-year-old African-American man. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Jones and Handy grew up together and had been lifelong friends.

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