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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/11/2009

Murders this Week: 3
Murders this Year: 26

Tuesday, Feb. 4

2:50 a.m. Demetrius Saulsbury, a 22-year-old African-American man, was visiting his girlfriend at her home in the 1700 block of North Washington Street in Broadway East. The woman's mother had a boyfriend who entered the house and became upset that Saulsbury was over at that time of night. Saulsbury and the man argued. Saulsbury started to walk out the front door, but the man pulled out a gun and shot Saulsbury in the head, killing him. As of press time, the shooter had not been arrested.

1:45 p.m. That afternoon, law enforcement in Gwynns Falls Park found a 37-year-old African-American man, Lemuel Wallace, lying on the floor of the park's public bathroom. Wallace, who was handicapped, had been shot numerous times and was dead. According to police, he was legally blind, mentally challenged, and lived in a group home for people with special needs.

4 p.m. That same day, David Wright, a 47-year-old African-American man, was shot inside a building in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Avenue near Clifton Park. He was taken to a local hospital where he died less than an hour later. This is the second murder in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello this year.

Three people were murdered on Feb. 4, making it the second-most murderous day so far this year, right behind Jan. 4, on which four people were murdered.


A third person was indicted by a Baltimore City Grand Jury for the murder of former City Council member Kenneth Harris. Harris, a 45-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed during a robbery of the New Haven Lounge on Sept. 20, 2008. Jerome Williams, a 16-year-old African-American male, was indicted on Feb. 3. Charles McGaney, a 20-year-old African-American man, and Gary Collins, a 20-year-old African-American man, were indicted last year.

On Feb. 3, Darryl Halsey, a 27-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder of Earl Cornish. On May 16, Cornish, a 21-year-old African-American man, slapped Halsey's sister on the ass. Halsey shot Cornish in the back in retribution.

There has been a second indictment for the murder of Kenneth Jones, a 26-year-old African-American man. Jones was found dead from numerous gunshot wounds to the head in the 4500 block of Bonner Road on June 9, 2008. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Jones was at the Inner Harbor when two men pulled a gun on him and forced him into the trunk of a car. Dajuan Marshall, a 27-year-old African-American man, was indicted by a grand jury on July 17, 2008 for the kidnapping and murder. On Feb. 4, Kedar Anderson, a 22-year-old African-American, was indicted as well.

The man, who pleaded guilty to murdering Shanika Pretlow, a 26-year-old African-American woman, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Feb. 4. Brandon Chambers, a 25-year-old African-American man, shot Pretlow repeatedly on Oct. 18, 2005. Chambers had unprotected sex with Pretlow and then heard a rumor that she was HIV positive. The rumor wasn't true.

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