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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/1/2009

Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 52

The man found shot to death on the railroad tracks in Cherry Hill on March 22 has been identified as Davon Saunders, a 26-year-old African-American man.

Monday, March 23

8:00 p.m. Police found Kara Lawson, a 23-year-old African-American woman, shot in the head inside her home in the 500 block of North Ellwood Avenue in East Baltimore. She died at a nearby hospital half an hour later. Lawson is the fourth female murdered this year.

Thursday, March 26

2:51 a.m. An African-American man in his early 20s was shot repeatedly in the 5800 block of Edgepark Road near Mount Pleasant Park in Loch Raven. He died at an area hospital at 3:43 a.m. Police are waiting until his family has been notified to release his name.

4:41 p.m. That afternoon, Kaneil Fullwood, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times in the 700 block of West North Avenue in Reservoir Hill. He was dead by the time he reached a hospital.

Sunday, March , 29

11:20 p.m. A few blocks south, in the 1700 block of McCulloh Street in Madison Park, Marcus Nicholson, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in the head and chest. He died at a local hospital at 3:35 a.m. Nicholson is the third person murdered in the Central police district this year.


On March 24, Adrian McFadden, a 32-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to two terms of life in prison, plus 175 years without parole, for the murder of George Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American man, in addition to attempted armed carjacking, attempted murder, and several other charges related to the incident. Anthony Miles, a 25-year-old African-American man who has written to City Paper about the case ("The Genocide of Our City's Youth," The Mail, Jan. 14), was acquitted of murder charges but found guilty of several assault charges, as well as attempted armed carjacking. He was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

On July 6, 2007, Johnson and his foster brother Avon Ball were driving in the 700 block of North Payson Street. A memorial block party for a child, who had been hit by a car and killed a few days earlier, blocked their route so they turned around. According to the State's Attorney's office, McFadden and Miles then got into an argument with Johnson and Ball, who had Ball's infant son in the car. According to testimony at trial, McFadden and Miles demanded the car with the baby in it. Avon Ball pled for his life and Johnson said, "shoot me." McFadden shot Johnson four times killing him. He also shot Ball, who survived. A 17-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet during the melee. McFadden has also been charged with the May 29, 2007, murder of Jourman Parson, a 17-year-old African-American male.

On March 24, Malik and Marlon Nance, 22- and 23-year old African-American men, respectively, were arrested for a shooting that left two men injured and a third dead. On Aug. 6, 2008, Robert Buckner, a 19-year-old African-American man, left Club Rios in West Baltimore with two other men. A car pulled up and the people inside started shooting at them. Buckner was killed.

Radames Reyes, a 15-year-old African-American male, was arrested on March 24 for the murder of Adama Diarra, a 22-year-old man from Mali. Diarra was shot to death on Nov. 23 while working his job delivering pizzas.

Matthew Hooper, a 26-year-old African-American man, was arrested on March 25 for the murder of Daniel Hoeck, a 62-year-old Caucasian man. Hoeck was stabbed to death in his home in Westfield on Feb. 12. According to The Sun, Hooper was homeless and broke into Hoeck's home to steal tools. As Hooper was leaving with the tools, he was confronted by Hoeck, who was a decorated Vietnam Vet. Hoeck was legally blind. Hooper allegedly confessed to the stabbing.

Also on March 25, Linwood Buckson, a 39-year-old African-American man, was arrested for the Dec. 8, 2008 murder of Oril Jackson Jr., a 21-year-old African-American man. Jackson was shot at the intersection of East Chase Street and Lakewood Avenue in East Baltimore.

A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Marquise Evans, a 22-year-old African-American man, on March 26 for the murder of Thaddeus McCauley Jr., a 20-year-old African-American man. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Evans called McCauley on Dec. 19, 2008, concerning a drug deal they were both involved in. When the two met up, McCauley was robbed, shot, and killed.

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