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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/22/2008

Murders This Week: 2
Murders This Year: 174

The man shot to death in the 700 block of Alleghany Place on Oct. 2 has been identified as Modesto Smith, a 21-year-old African-American man. The 38-year-old African-American man found dead on a playground in the 500 block of South Catherine Street on Oct. 6 has been identified as Darrell Gulliver. He had been shot in the back of the neck.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

9:01 p.m. Rubin Nelson, a 26-year-old African-American man, was found between two churches in the 1900 block of Rosedale Street off North Avenue in West Baltimore. He had been shot repeatedly and died at an area hospital 40 minutes later. This is the third homicide this year in the Walbrook neighborhood and the second homicide this year in this block.

Sunday, Oct. 19

5:15 p.m. Police were notified that Delvon Butts, a 15-year-old African-American male, died two weeks after he was shot. On Oct. 6, at about 10 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of South Smallwood Street for a shooting. When they arrived they found a 31-year-old African-American man shot in both legs and the buttocks. He was taken to an area hospital and survived. They found Butts around the corner in the mouth of an alley in the 2100 block of McHenry Street. He had been shot in the back and buttocks and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. He died Oct. 19. This is the fifth murder in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood this year. Three of those murders have happened in the last two months. Butts is also the 20th person under the age of 18 to be murdered in Baltimore City this year.


Two teenagers were arrested for the July 29 murder of Bernard Solomon, a 23-year-old African-American man. Solomon was shot repeatedly in the 2600 block of Manokin Street in Westport. On Oct. 15, police arrested Jawaun Harris, an 18-year-old African-American male. Two days later, they arrested Tyrone Fields, also an 18-year-old African-American male.

Jeanine Blackwell, a 34-year-old African-American woman, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Oct. 16. Blackwell was charged with killing her newborn. Blackwell delivered the baby boy on the toilet in the bathroom of her apartment in the 300 block of South Monroe Street on March 9. According to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, Blackwell cut the umbilical cord but did not check to see if the child was alive. She also wouldn't allow her friend to call 911. Later that day Blackwell and her friend cleaned the apartment, took the baby out of the toilet, and called 911. Blackwell, who admitted to taking heroin the night before, claimed she didn't know she was pregnant, but according to the State's Attorney's Office, she resigned from her job six months earlier because she was pregnant. The judge in this case has ordered medical and mental evaluations of Blackwell before sentencing.

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