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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/27/2008

Murders This Week: 2
Murders This Year: 142

The man who died on June 22, some seven months after he was initially shot, was Eddie VanKirk, a 45-year-old Caucasian man. On Nov. 19, 2007, VanKirk was at home in the 300 block of South Parrish Street in Southwest Baltimore with two other people. According to police, crack cocaine was sold out of the home. At 6:35 p.m. a man knocked on the door. One of the people in the house opened the door and the man pulled out a gun and demanded money. The person who opened the door gave him money. The man then demanded drugs, according to police, and he was directed to a table with bags of crack on it. The gunman was leaving the house, when the person who opened the door called for VanKirk, who ran in from the kitchen and began fighting with the gunman. VanKirk, a former professional boxer, pushed the gunman outside, and the two stumbled into the street, where the man shot VanKirk in the stomach.

The woman found asphyxiated on a bridge in the 3700 block of Harford Road along Herring Run Park on Aug. 15 has been identified as Kiuna Jackson, a 19-year-old African-American woman.

Tuesday, Aug. 19

1:13 p.m. Eric Brown, a 20-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the ground in the 1000 block of Edmondson Avenue in Harlem Park. He had been shot in the head and died at an area hospital at 2:45 a.m. the next day.

Friday, Aug. 22

2:17 a.m. Tavon Garrison, a 28-year-old African-American man, was standing on the sidewalk in the 2400 block of East Lanvale Street near the Baltimore Cemetery when someone came up and shot him in the head. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later. Garrison is the eighth person to be murdered in Broadway East in 2008. No other Baltimore City neighborhood has had as many homicides this year.


On Aug. 4, Larry Joseph, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of a double homicide. Channing Myrick, a 26-year-old African-American man, and Deion Morris, a 23-year-old African-American man, were in the 3400 block of Belair Road on Sept. 16, 2007, when Joseph came up to them and shot Myrick five times and Morris nine times, killing them both. Joseph was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences and an additional 40 years in prison.

On Aug. 14, the hree defendants in the June 19, 2007, murder of Philip Airey, a 36-year-old Caucasian man from Glen Burnie, were sentenced. Michael Martin, a 29-year-old Caucasian man, received life in prison plus 18 years. The other two defendants, Robert Speake, a 19-year-old Caucasian man, and Tracy Asbury, a 38-year-old Caucasian woman, both pleaded guilty earlier this year and testified in the case against Martin. Speake was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Asbury was sentenced to 22.

Maurice Ray, a 20-year-old African-American man, was indicted by the Baltimore Grand Jury on Aug. 20 for first-degree murder. Ray is accused of the July 6 murder of Kenneth Baker, a 27-year-old African-American man. Baker was found shot inside his car, which had been riddled with bullets, at the intersection of Preston Street and Lakewood Avenue in East Baltimore.

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