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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/17/2009

Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 101

Monday, June 8

5:45 p.m. Three African-American men were shot in the 2500 block of East Federal Street in East Baltimore. A 23-year-old was shot repeatedly in the back, a 25-year-old was shot multiple times in the body, and Karl Snyder, who was 21, was shot several times in the head. They were all taken to an area hospital. The two unnamed men survived, but Snyder was pronounced dead at 5:58 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10

5:55 p.m. Two women were found dead in their home in the 4000 block of Biddison Lane. Both had experienced massive trauma to the head and were partially decomposed. Police are waiting until the women's families have been notified to release their names.

Nine women have been murdered this year. The Northeastern police district continues to be the most murderous in the city with 24 homicides so far, the same number as the notoriously deadly Eastern and Western districts combined.

7:30 p.m. Darnell Johns, a 21-year-old African-American man, was walking in the 1700 block of North Payson Street near Matthew A. Henson Elementary school when someone approached him, pulled out a gun, and started firing. Johns was hit numerous times and died a half hour later at a local hospital. The gunman ran to a waiting gold-colored car with temporary tags and fled the scene. During the shooting, a 22-year-old African-American man was walking on Westwood Avenue with his girlfriend and children. When he got to the corner of Westwood and Payson he was hit in the hand by a stray bullet.


On June 9, charges against 15-year-old African-American male Christopher Briggs for the murder of Keon Cameron were dropped. Briggs was accused of shooting Cameron, an 18-year-old African-American man, after an argument on May 23 in the 1800 block of East 28th Street.

Also on June 9, Jordan Jennings, an 18-year-old African-American man, was in Central Booking when he was taken to homicide and questioned about two 2009 murders. Jennings was subsequently charged with the murders of Kenneth Johnson, a 23-year-old African-American man, and Anthony Griffin, a 23-year-old African-American man. Johnson was shot repeatedly on a porch in the 5100 block of Hillburn Avenue on April 21. Griffin was found fatally shot lying in a gutter in the 3200 block of Montebello Terrace on May 8.

On June 11, Bryant Williams, a 25-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for the murder of Derius Harmon. Harmon, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot in the right eye on May 2, 2007. His body was found in an abandoned building in the 2200 block of Barclay Street. Williams and Harmon were both members of the Young Guerrilla Family and the Black Guerilla Family gangs, prosecutors said, and Harmon was killed because he was disabled and therefore was not up to the gang's standards.

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