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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/2/2008

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 105

The names of the two unidentified victims from last week have been released. The man shot to death in the 400 block of West 28th Street in Remington on June 19 was Donta Gregory, a 32-year-old African-American. The woman strangled to death on June 22 in the 1300 block of Nanticoke Street in Pigtown was Amanda Bishop, a 22-year-old Caucasian.

Tuesday, June 24

2 a.m. Phillip Gaddy, a 41-year-old African-American man, was riding in a car in the 1700 block of Abbotston Street near Clifton Park. The car stopped at the 19th Hole Liquor Store at 2722 Harford Road, and Gaddy got out of the car to go to the store. The store was closed, but as he walked back to the car someone came up to him, pulled out a gun, and told Gaddy he was being robbed. Gaddy reached into his pocket, but the robber shot him in the collarbone and ran. The driver of the car pulled Gaddy back into the car and drove him to Good Samaritan Hospital where he died half an hour later.

Thursday, June 26

2:55 p.m. Chicas Santiago, a 38-year-old Hispanic man, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital three days after he was attacked. On June 23 at 3:20 a.m., Santiago was found lying in the 2600 block of East Baltimore Street at Patterson Park, bleeding from the head. He had been beaten. Santiago is the fifth Hispanic person murdered this year. Four Hispanic people were murdered in all of 2007.

Friday, June 27

5:20 a.m. Nicole Sesker, a 39-year-old African-American woman, was found dead in the alley behind the 3500 block of West Garrison Avenue in Central Park Heights. Sesker was the stepdaughter of former police commissioner Leonard Hamm. The cause of death was not immediately apparent, according to police, but it has been ruled a homicide. Sesker is the 18th female murdered this year. Seven of those murders took place in the last two months; 24 women were murdered in all of 2007.

Updates

The mother of the infant who was delivered in a toilet was charged with murder on June 17. On March 9 at 4:20 p.m., police went to the home of Jeanine Blackwell, a 34-year-old African-American woman who lived in the 300 block of South Monroe Street in Carrollton Ridge. Paramedics had found a dead baby wrapped in a towel on the sofa. Blackwell allegedly told police that she did not know she was pregnant, even though she had given birth before, and that she had been drinking, smoking, and taking heroin the night before. She gave birth to the child on the toilet. On June 10, the death was ruled a homicide by drowning. (This column previously reported the date of the baby's death as June 9. We regret the error.)

There were two indictments in the Nov. 8, 2007 double shooting that left Leonard Hunt, a 44-year-old man whose race has been listed by police as "other," dead. Robert James, a 26-year-old African-American man, and Troy Gardner, a 32-year-old African-American man, were indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury on June 19.

A second suspect was arrested in the May 14 murder of Marvin Lucas, a 21-year-old African-American man. Avon McDougal, a 22-year-old African American man, was arrested on June 24 for Lucas' murder. Donielle McCoy, a 20-year-old African-American man was arrested in May for the crime. Lucas was the only witness to a shooting in which Brandon Allen, a 23-year-old African-American man, allegedly shot McCoy and another person. The charges against Allen have been dropped due to Lucas' death.

Randy Golden, a 19-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison plus eight years on June 24 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. On Jan. 9, 2007, Golden, a Blood, shot Melissa Stefanski, a 23-year-old Caucasian woman, once in the back of the head because she had started dating a Crip and was selling drugs for that gang.

Also on June 24, Gary Froneberger, a 23-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for assault and conspiracy to commit assault for his role in the death of Abdul Azziz, an 18-year-old African-American man. Azziz went missing on Feb. 21, 2005. His mother filed a missing person's report, but he was never found. His mother continued investigating her son's disappearance. In 2007 police were brought information that led to the arrest of Fronberger. According to the State's Attorney's Office, on the day of his disappearance Azziz was on a floating pier in the 3300 block of Waterview Avenue in Middle Branch Park with Froneberger and John Linton, a then-22-year-old African-American man. Froneberger and Linton started beating Azziz up over drug money he owed Froneberger. Froneberger then made Azziz take off his clothes and pushed him into the water. While Azziz was in the water, Froneberger hit him in the head with a stick until he stopped coming up for air. On Feb. 19 of this year Linton pleaded guilty to assault charges and was sentenced to less than a year in prison. Froneberger is already serving an eight-year sentence on drug and gun charges. His 35-year stint for the attack on Azziz will begin after he finishes that sentence.

On June 27, Alton Teel, a 44-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the Feb. 21, 2007 murder of Daniel Savage, a 32-year-old African-American man.

Damon Simpson, a 16-year-old African-American male, pleaded guilty on June 25 to the March 20, 2007 murder of Charles Hargrove, a 19-year-old African-American man. Simpson, who was 15 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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