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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 12/10/2008

Murders This Week: 7
Murders This Year: 221

Four homicide victims from last week have been identified. Adrian Andrews was the 17-year-old African-American male shot in the head behind Doris M. Johnson and Heritage high schools the day before Thanksgiving. The three males shot to death in the quadruple shooting on Nov. 30 in 4000 block of Oakford Avenue in Northwest Baltimore were Perrish Parker, a 14-year-old African-American male; Troy Brown, a 45-year-old African-American man; and Darren Davis, a 26-year-old African-American man.

Monday, Dec. 1

12:10 a.m. Donnell Williams Jr., a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot in the back of the head in the 1800 block of North Washington Street in the Broadway East neighborhood. He was taken to a local hospital and died at 12:35 a.m. Williams is the 11th person murdered this year in Broadway East, the city's deadliest neighborhood.

2:08 a.m. Two hours later, Alton Alston, a 19-year-old male who lived a block from where Williams was shot, was discovered shot to death between two parked cars in the 200 block of South Clinton Street in Highlandtown.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

7:23 p.m. Leroy Boxdale, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot in the face in the 2700 block of Hilldale Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later. Boxdale is the third 19-year-old African-American male shot to death in two days.

Friday, Dec. 5

9:06 p.m. Police found a 37-year-old African-American man lying inside a Honda Accord in the 2500 block of Garrett Avenue in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood. He had been shot several times and died at a local hospital less than an hour later.

Saturday, Dec. 6

2:15 a.m. The doorbell rang at an apartment house in the 700 block of North Howard Street in Mount Vernon. When the superintendent of the building, who also lived there, opened the door slightly, two men forced it open and put a gun to his head. Travis Mafoski, a 28-year-old Caucasian man, heard a commotion and stepped out of his apartment. He said something to the gunmen, and one of them shot Mafoski in the face. He died at an area hospital at 3:02 a.m.

8:15 p.m. That evening, Darrell Keith, a 24-year-old African-American man, was discovered in the front yard of a home in the 5000 block of Denmore Avenue in Central Park Heights. He had been shot and died at a hospital a half hour later. This is the second homicide in this block this year.

Sunday, Dec. 7

9:25 p.m. Ronald Jackson, a 14-year-old African-American male, was at his home in 1100 block of Myrtle Avenue in Upton. He and a friend were playing video games when Jackson's mom asked him to take some grapefruit to an elderly neighbor. He went to the neighbor's house and while he was knocking on the door a man came up and shot him repeatedly. Jackson's mother heard the gunshots, went outside, and found her son shot. He died at a nearby hospital at 10:41 p.m. This is the 25th murder in the Central Police district. There were 14 murders in this district in all of 2007. Jackson is also the 26th minor murdered this year.


On Dec. 1, Gary Qualo, a 33-year-old African-American man from Miami, was sentenced to life plus 23 years in prison for the murder of Petrina Hatcher, a 40-year-old African-American woman. Hatcher was found beaten to death in a bedroom in the 3600 block of 10th Street in Brooklyn on Nov. 2, 2005. Angel Agosto, a then-44-year-old Hispanic man, was arrested that day for Hatcher's murder. However, DNA analysis revealed that a blood trail throughout the house belonged to another man. The DNA was matched to Qualo, who was arrested in Miami in September 2006. Last year, Agosto pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for his involvement in Hatcher's death and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Patrick Wilkes, a 24-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Dec. 5. In October, Wilkes pleaded guilty to the murders of Johnnie James, a 25-year-old African-American man, Adrian Beasley, a 23-year-old African-American, and Deandre Salmond, a 19-year-old African-American man. All three men were shot to death in separate instances in spring 2007.

Also on the 5th, the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted James Berry, a 21-year-old African-American man, for a double shooting that left Mark Henson, an 18-year-old African-American man, dead. On Nov. 1, Henson was found shot several times in the head and face. A 16-year-old African-American male was shot in the thigh but survived.

Michael Duan Jackson (aka Miquel Jackson), a 25-year-old African-American man, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Dec. 5. Jackson stabbed Michael Griffin, a 43-year-old African-American man, to death on Nov. 26 during an argument.

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