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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/6/2008

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 126

As of Aug. 4, there have been 63 fewer homicides in 2008 than there were on the same date in 2007. The city is on track to experience the lowest homicide rate it's had since 1985.

Monday, July 28

9:22 p.m. Brandon Eveline, a 24-year-old African-American man, was sitting at a bus stop at North Avenue and Wolfe Street when at least two people came up and started shooting. Eveline and a 15-year-old African-American girl ran east on North Avenue. Eveline, who had been shot in the torso, fell to the ground. The girl, who had been shot in the ankle, stayed with him until police arrived. They were both taken to an area hospital where the girl was treated and released. Eveline died at 9:55 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29

1:24 a.m. A large group of people were standing around a body in the 2600 block of Manokin Street in Westport, near the intersection of I-95 and Baltimore-Washington Parkway. When police arrived the group scattered. Bernard Solomon, a 23-year-old African-American man, had been in the 2200 block of Sidney Avenue with a group of men when someone began shooting at them. Solomon and the other men ran, but Solomon was shot repeatedly and died. Police found no other shooting victims from this incident.

5:54 p.m. Troy Wilson, a 17-year-old African-American male, was helping a female pack up a car in the 400 block of Aisquith Street in Oldtown to go to college. Wilson was at the car when someone started shooting at him. Wilson fell, and the gunman stood over him and continued firing. Wilson died at an area hospital at 6:25 p.m. Wilson is the 23rd teenager murdered this year.

Wednesday, July 30

5:51 a.m. A woman was walking her dogs near the KIPP Ujima Village Academy at 4701 Greenspring Ave. when she saw a man lying in the school's parking lot. The man had been shot in the back of the neck and was dead. Police are waiting until his family has been notified of his death to release his name.


The Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Tavon Spruell, a 22-year-old African-American man, on July 28 for the murders of Rebecca Meekins and Edward Baylor. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Spruell was driving a Jetta in the 1500 block of Mount Royal Avenue near the Maryland Institute College of Art on Feb. 27 when he got into an argument with people in a Crown Victoria. Someone in the Jetta started shooting at the people in the Crown Victoria, hitting and killing Meekins, a 16-year-old Caucasian girl, and Baylor, a 32-year-old African-American man.

Tyrone Allsberry, a 65-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty on July 29 to the murder of Willie Joyner, an 18-year-old African-American man. On Jan. 12, Allsberry walked into the 25th Street Market, demanded money from Joyner, then stabbed him in the chest and killed him.

On July 30 the Baltimore Grand jury indicted John Mooney, a 20-year-old Caucasian man, for the murder of Keith Ray, a 24-year-old African-American man. Ray was found on Sept. 25, 2007 shot in the head under a woodpile in Wyman Park, right outside Hampden.

On July 31, George Kensler Jr., a 60-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the death of David Bishop. On May 27, 2007, Kensler and Bishop, a 32-year-old African-American man, were at the Oasis Station homeless shelter in the 200 block of North Gay Street when they got into an argument. Kensler pulled out a large knife and stabbed Bishop, killing him. Kensler was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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