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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/19/2008

Murders Nov 10-14: 4
Murders This Year: 192

Due to early deadlines for this week's Holiday Guide issue, this installment of Murder Ink only covers homicides between Nov. 10 and 14.

Two deaths that occurred earlier this year were added to the homicide rolls this week. On April 14, 1996, Valando Goodman, an African-American man who was 20 at the time, was standing in the 2200 block of Jefferson Street in East Baltimore when he got into an argument with another man. The man shot Goodman several times, paralyzing him from the waist down. Goodman died on June 29 of this year, 12 years after the shooting. His death was ruled a result from the 1996 shooting.

Eunice Taylor, a 69-year-old African-American woman was in her home in the 3100 block of Mary Avenue at 8:41 p.m. on Oct. 20. She and her granddaughter got into an argument over some photographs. They started pushing each other causing Taylor to fall. Another family member stopped the fight and Taylor called 911. She was found shortly afterward at a friend's house in that block and was taken to an area hospital with chest pains and shortness of breath. She died at 9:26 p.m. The granddaughter was arrested and charged as a juvenile with second degree assault. On Nov. 12, the Medical Examiner's Office declared Taylor's death a homicide.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

1:41 a.m. Gregory Hines, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the chest in his home in the 2200 block of Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill. He died before police arrived.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

6:32 p.m. Larry Franklin Jr., a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 2000 block of Robb Street near Green Mount Cemetery. He died at a local hospital half an hour later.

Two arrests were made in Sept. 20 murder of former City Council member Ken Harris, a 45-year-old African-American man. Harris was shot to death during a robbery of the New Haven Lounge in the 1500 block of Havenwood Road. On Nov. 14 police arrested Charles McGaney, a 19-year-old African-American man, and Gary Collins, a 20-year-old African-American man, and charged them with Harris' murder.

Also on Nov. 14, Brandon Wall, a 22-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to the murder of Perry Brooks, a 49-year-old African-American man. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Brooks, a correctional officer, parked his car behind the 1900 block of Hillen Road in Northeast Baltimore on May 25, 2007. Wall and another man came up to Brooks, while he was still in his car, and tried to rob him. During the attempted robbery, Wall shot Brooks, killing him. Wall was identified by a professor at Morgan State University who had been robbed and shot in the same area earlier that month. The shell casings recovered from the scenes of the two shootings matched.

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