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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/16/2008

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 112

There continues to be a discrepancy between the Baltimore Police Department's homicide number and the one calculated by this column. According to police, there have been 111 murders this year; this column counts 112.

The death of Patrice Marable, a 28-year-old African-American woman, was ruled a homicide this week. On July 6, just before 5 p.m., Patrice got into an argument in an alley behind the 1100 block of Gleneagle Road with a man she was dating. Police say he took her cell phone and got into a red truck and tried to drive away. Marable climbed halfway into the driver's-side window and tried to get her phone back. Her boyfriend then ran the driver's side of the car into a telephone pole. Marable hit the pole and fell out of the window. The man drove away. She died at Johns Hopkins Hospital that night. On July 10, the medical examiner's office ruled her death a homicide by blunt-force trauma.

On April 30, a little after 11 a.m., a woman and her son were searching for scrap metal in the wooded area behind the 4800 block of Strathdale Road in Frankford. Along a path in the woods, they found a human skeleton and called 911. When police arrived they located the skeleton. There was no flesh on the bones and no clothes or personal belongings at the scene. The medical examiner's office took the skeleton and examined it. A medical examiner from the armed forces was also brought in. It was determined that the skeleton probably was that of an African-American male in his mid-20s, with an average build between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-9, and that he died sometime after January of this year. On July 11, the death was ruled a homicide by shooting. Police would not give specific information as to how the medical examiner came to that conclusion. The victim has not been identified.

Monday, July 7

10:34 p.m. Police were called to a wooded area in the 4500 block of Old Frederick Road near Edmondson-Westside High School. The dead body of a woman had been found there. Her death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation and blunt-force trauma the next day. She has been identified, but police are waiting until her family has been notified to release her name.

Friday, July 11

11:32 p.m. Bryant Wallace, a 21-year-old African-American man, and a friend, a 29-year-old African-American man, were outside a rowhouse in the 1800 block of Braddish Avenue near Coppin State University when two men walked into the block and started shooting at them. The 29-year-old, who was shot in the stomach, ran to a friend's house and was taken to a hospital. He survived. Wallace, who was shot in the upper body, was taken to St. Agnes Hospital by a relative but had to be transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center because of the severity of his wound. He died at Shock Trauma at 1:49 a.m. on July 12.

Saturday, July 12

3:40 a.m. Calvin Ray, a 17-year-old African-American male, and his brother Eric Little, a 28-year-old African-American man, got into a fight on the front porch of their house in the 3700 block of Liberty Heights in West Forest Park. Little and Ray's mother got in between them to stop the fight. Police say Little then went inside the house, got a knife from the kitchen, and went back out to the porch where his mother was talking to Ray. According to police, Little lunged at his brother and stabbed him in the chest. At first their mother thought Little had just punched Ray in the chest but then she saw blood on Ray's shirt. Ray fell to the ground. Little ran through the house with the bloody knife and left through the backyard. Ray died at Sinai Hospital at 4:09 a.m. Police found Little next door. According to police, when they approached him he said, "Yeah, it's me. I did it. I did it." During a statement to the police, Little said he didn't mean to stab his brother and that his brother lunged at the knife, causing Little to stab him accidentally.

Sunday, July 13

1:57 a.m. Two men were shot on the front porch of a home in the 3200 block of Lyndale Avenue by Clifton Park. A 26-year-old African-American man was shot in the chest and died half an hour later. Police are waiting until his family has been notified of his murder to release his name. A second victim, also a 26-year-old African-American man, was shot in the shoulder and survived.


On June 10, Quadir Butcher, an 18-year-old African-American man, was arrested for a double shooting that left one man dead. On June 2, Derrell Smith, a 22-year-old African-American man, and a 21-year-old African-American man, were shot on the front porch of an apartment building in the 3100 block of Clifton Avenue. Smith died; the 21-year-old survived.

On July 8, Aaron Davis, a 33-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to a murder. He was given the maximum sentence, five years in prison. On Oct. 18, 2007, Lorenzo Speight, then a 33-year-old African-American man, shot Darren Mebane, a 21-year-old African-American man, twice in the chest in the 1800 block of Walbrook Avenue. Speight then jumped into a car and fled the scene. Police in the area on an unrelated call saw the shooting and followed the car, arresting Speight and Davis, who was driving. Speight pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

On July 10, police arrested Demetrius Smith, a 25-year-old African-American man, for the March 24 murder of Robert Long, a 36-year-old Caucasian man. Smith was arrested in the 300 block of South Parrish Street, two blocks from the site where Long was found shot in the head.

Herlinda Rodulfo, a 24-year-old Hispanic woman, was arrested June 13 for the murder of Valerie Barnes, an 18-year-old African-American woman. Barnes was shot repeatedly inside a house in the 800 block of Pontiac Avenue in Brooklyn on May 17.

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