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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff and Edward Ericson Jr. | Posted 1/14/2009

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 13

Monday, Jan. 5

8 a.m. Tian Zin Wang, a 51-year-old Asian man from Columbia who owned the China Garden carry-out restaurant in Oldtown Mall, died. He went to the 800 block of Webb Court just before midnight on Jan. 3 on a delivery order. Wang was robbed and shot numerous times. This is the second time in two months that a delivery person was lured somewhere and then killed, but according to police the two cases are not connected. Wang is the third person murdered in the Oldtown neighborhood in five days.

4:50 p.m. Joshua Harris, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest in the 3700 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore. He died at an area hospital at 5:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

2:45 p.m. Police went to a home in the 2800 block of Clearview Avenue near the Northeastern city limit for what they initially believed was a suicide. David Falkinburg, a 45-year-old Caucasian man who lived in the house, was dead from a stab wound to the chest. While investigating, police spoke to a 16-year-old Caucasian male who lived on the same block. According to police, the unnamed minor admitted to getting into a fight with Falkinburg and told police that Falkinburg pulled out a knife. The two wrestled for it, at which point he stabbed Falkinburg. The 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with the murder.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

12:53 p.m. Three men were shot in the 1000 block of North Bond Street in East Baltimore. Antron Betts, a 35-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly and died. The other two men, who were shot in the face and the leg, both survived.

Thursday, Jan. 8

10:53 p.m. Police in the Southwest District responded to a shooting in an apartment complex on the 500 block of Dickey Hill Road, where they found a man who was shot in the head. The man, whose name was still not available early this week, was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead at 6:26 p.m. on Jan. 9.

Friday, Jan. 9

3:33 P.M. Bryant Eldridge, a 20-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 3600 block of E. Lombard Street when another man walked up and shot him multiple times, then fled. Eldridge, whose address was unknown to police, was pronounced dead at the scene. There are no suspects and no motives. A Southeast District lieutenant responding to this call was involved in a car accident at the intersection of Lombard and Haven streets, which tied up rush-hour traffic.

Updates

The female shot to death in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Boulevard on Jan. 4 has been identified as Mayresa Craft, a 15-year-old African-American girl from Towson.

U.S. Marshals in Memphis, Tenn. arrested a suspect in Baltimore’s first murder of 2009. Christopher Williams, 24, of the 3900 block of Rodgers Avenue, was held in a Memphis jail awaiting extradition to Baltimore to face charges relating to the New Year’s Eve shooting of his cousin, Mario Williams, on the 700 block of N. Luzerne Avenue.

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