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By Christopher Skokna | Posted 8/13/2008

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 134

Two murders stemming from incidents last year have been added to this year's homicide roll. On June 22, a Caucasian male, who had been shot Nov. 19, 2007, died at a local hospital due to injuries connected to that shooting, which occurred on South Parrish Street in Southwest Baltimore. Police have ruled the incident a murder but have not yet released the victim's name. And on Sunday, Aug. 10, police arrested Ria Ramkisson, a 21-year-old woman whose race has been listed as "other," and charged her with the murder of her then-21-month-old son, Javon Thompson. Police say Thompson died in early 2007, due to neglect and starvation, while he and his mother resided at the 1 Mind Ministries religious group's headquarters, which at the time was located in the 3200 block of Auchentoroly Terrace near the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park. Ramkisson was arrested at a city homeless shelter.

Tuesday Aug. 5

12:32 a.m. Jeffrey Alston, a 23-year-old African-American man, was walking home from Bruce Street to his home on Fayette Street. According to police, he was accosted by an unknown person, who shot Alston several times. When police arrived at the scene, they found Alston unconscious lying in the street in the 1700 block of West Fayette. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m.

Wednesday Aug. 6

10:20 p.m. Three people were exiting Club Rios, in the 1300 block of Bloomingdale Road in West Baltimore, when a light-colored car with several occupants pulled over. According to police, the people in the car got out, asked the clubgoers if they were Crips, then opened fire and drove away. Police responded at 10:20 p.m., and all three shooting victims were sent to a local hospital. While two of the victims survived, Robert Buckner, a 19-year-old African-American man from Hyattsville in Prince George's County, died from multiple shots to his body.

Thursday Aug. 7

1:30 a.m. A few hours later, police were called to the scene of a shooting at an apartment complex in North Baltimore's Lake Walker neighborhood. According to police, a 19-year-old man who lived at the apartment in the 500 block of Castle Drive let in three men who had knocked at the door. One of the men brandished a handgun, ordered the man and his housemate, a 10-year-old boy, to the ground, and ransacked the place. Soon after, the apartment's other resident, Mathew Scarborough, a 16-year-old Caucasian male, and another person arrived. Those two also were ordered to the floor, but police say Scarborough didn't react quickly enough for the home invaders, and the gunman shot the teen in his left shoulder. The men then fled. Scarborough was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 a.m.

Friday Aug. 8

2:05 a.m. According to police, Shawn L. Weaver, a 38-year-old African-American man who lived in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood, got into a fight with a younger male in the 2600 block of Gides Road, also in Cherry Hill. The younger male produced a gun and shot at Weaver, who then ran; the gunman followed and continued shooting. Weaver eventually reached the 1000 block of Shellbanks Road, where he collapsed from multiple gunshots to the back of his torso. Residents called 911, and Weaver was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.

4:25 a.m. Police responded to a shooting victim found in the 3300 block of East Fayette Street. When they arrived they found a Hispanic male lying in the sidewalk in front of a Royal Farms store with multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:57 a.m. No further information is available.

Saturday Aug. 9

1:04 a.m. George Nixon Blaine, a 30-year-old African-American man, was at home in the 1700 block of North Bradford Street in East Baltimore when he answered a knock at his door. According to police, a female acquaintance inside the house says she heard shots and then found Blaine shot. When police arrived, they found Blaine bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head and lying on the pavement in front of his house. After being transported to a local hospital, he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

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