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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 9/3/2008

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 145

Due to the Labor Day holiday, this week's column only covers homicides between Aug. 25 and 29. As of Friday, Aug. 29, there were 61 fewer homicides this year than at the same time last year.

The man found shot to death near Forest Park High School on Aug. 12 has been identified as Michael Little, a 28-year-old African-American man. Brandon Robinson, a 23-year-old African-American man, has been identified as the man fatally shot in the back in the 2800 block of Oakley Avenue on Aug. 14.

Monday, Aug. 25

2:09 p.m. Wilbert Flowers, a 31-year-old African-American man, died at an area hospital almost a month after he was initially shot. Flowers was found lying on the ground behind a building in the 800 block of East 43rd Street off York Road on July 28 at 9:47 p.m. He had been shot numerous times in the head.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

3 p.m. Floyd Jones, a 56-year-old African-American man, was brought to an area hospital with a head injury. He died at 4:20 p.m. the next day. Jones left the mission he was staying at in the 800 block of North Collington Street on the morning of Aug. 26 to get medication. He never returned. He was found later that day at the intersection of East North Avenue and North Port Street. According to a witness, he was beaten by two men. Jones is the ninth person murdered in the Broadway East neighborhood this year, and the fifth murdered along a two-block stretch of Port Street in that neighborhood.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

11:15 p.m. Clarence Hamlett Jr., a 22-year-old African-American man, was found shot in the head on a basketball court at the Lillian M. Jones Recreation Center in the 1300 block of North Stricker Street in West Baltimore. He died at a local hospital at 12:23 a.m. the next day.


On Aug. 22, Perry Simms, a 19-year-old African-American man, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and other charges for the murder of Paul Cornish, a 28-year-old African-American man. According to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, Cornish and a friend got into an argument with Simms on June 30, 2007, in the 1100 block of Granby Street near Corned Beef Row. Cornish, who was unarmed, turned and ran from Simms. Simms shot him twice in the back, killing him. Simms was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Maurice Fullwood, a 31-year-old African-American man, was indicted by the Baltimore Grand Jury on Aug. 26 for the murder of Omar Phillips, a 35-year-old African-American man. Phillips was shot in the head at Linden Bar and Liquors at 904 W. North Ave. in Reservoir Hill on July 19. On the day of the homicide police located a suspect, but the man, who shot at police but did not hit anyone, escaped.

On Aug. 29, Brandon Grimes, a 23-year-old African-American man, was convicted of the murder of Baltimore police detective Troy Chesley Sr., a 34-year-old African-American man. Chesley, who had just gotten off work, was walking to his girlfriend's house in the 4500 block of Fairfax Road on Jan. 9, 2007, when Grimes tried to rob him. Chesley and Grimes exchanged gunfire. Chesley was shot in the chest and died. Grimes was also hit but survived.

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