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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/9/2008

Murders This Week: 1
Murders This Year: 106

There's a discrepancy between the number of 2008 homicides reported by the police and the number determined by this column. Murder Ink counts 106 homicides so far this year, while the Baltimore Police Department counts 105. As of press time, police could not account for the discrepancy.

A police-involved shooting occurred outside a July 4th party being held at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union Hall in the 1400 block of Bush Street, a few blocks from M&T Bank Stadium. Around 1:30 a.m on July 5 private security decided that the party had become too rowdy and told everyone to leave the hall. The crowd left the building, but fights from the party continued outside, and police were called. When police arrived they saw a man shooting into the air. He and two other men got into a car. Police ordered the men to stop, but instead, according to police, the men started firing at the officers from the car. The officers returned fire hitting all three men. Haywood White, an 18-year-old African-American man, and Raemond White, a 21-year-old African-American man, were killed. Darryl White, a 22-year-old African-American man, survived. Police believe the two men who died were cousins, but that the survivor was not related to them. Twelve people have been fatally shot in Baltimore City by the police this year. That is just one fewer than the total number of police-involved shooting fatalities for 2007 and seven more than the total in '06.

Sunday, July 6

3:35 a.m. Police were called to the scene of a shooting at the intersection of Preston Street and Lakewood Avenue in East Baltimore's Berea neighborhood. There they found a car that had struck a pole after being riddled with bullets. Kenneth Baker, a 27-year-old African-American man who was in the car, was being treated by medics for multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m.


On June 10, Kennis Lambert, an 18-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to the April 29, 2007, murder of Azerwoine Walker, a 30-year-old African-American man. Lambert and Walker got into an argument during which Lambert shot Walker eight times. Lambert was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Also on June 10, Erica Ammenhauser, a 21-year-old Caucasian woman, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit assault for her role in the June 10, 2007, murder of Michael Simms, an 18-year-old African-American Marine. Ammenhauser agreed to testify in the trial against Maurice Crosby, a 20-year-old African-American man, for Simms' murder. Kinlaw "Baby Boy" Jones, a 19-year-old Caucasian man, also pleaded guilty to assault and a weapons charge for his involvement in the incident and was sentenced to time served. Simms was stabbed to death when he came to the aid of some friends who were allegedly fighting with Crosby.

Tiffany Brown, a 22-year-old African-American woman, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her involvement in the 2006 murder of Donald Russell, a 64-year-old Caucasian man, on June 10. Octavius Savage, a 22-year-old African-American man, was convicted of Russell's murder earlier this year and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Savage killed and dismembered Russell, whom he was staying with, and left Russell's body parts in two separate counties. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Brown, Savage's girlfriend, helped tie Russell up, drew the bath he was drowned in, and went with Savage to Wal-Mart to buy supplies for disposing of Russell's body.

On June 30, Eddie Levar Hawkins, a 30-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In May, Hawkins pleaded guilty to the Sept. 2, 2006, murder of Darren Wilson, a 31-year-old African-American man. According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, Hawkins shot Wilson six times in an argument over drug territory.

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