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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/22/2009

Murders this Week: 6
Murders this Year: 125

The death of Gerrod Finch, a 21-year-old African-American man, has been removed from the Baltimore City Police homicide tally. Finch was stabbed to death by his girlfriend, who he was allegedly assaulting at the time.

Monday, July 13

4:25 a.m. Police found Curtis Shepherd, a 36-year-old African-American man, sitting in the driver's seat of a car with the engine running in the 6200 block of Falkirk Road by the northern city line. Shepherd had been shot in the face and was dead.

3:16 p.m. That afternoon, Antwon Witherspoon, an 28-year-old African-American male, was shot repeatedly in the upper body in an alley off the 2900 block of the Alameda near Baltimore City College High School. He died before he could be taken to the hospital.

7:12 p.m. That night, John Woodies, a 38-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times on a basketball court in the 4000 block of Old York Road in the Pen Lucy neighborhood. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later.

Tuesday, July 14

3 a.m. Josephine Lewatowski, a 48-year-old Caucasian woman, was discovered in the middle of the 500 block of South Register Street in Fells Point. Lewatowski had been shot in the head and died at a local hospital the next day. Dante McCray, a 22-year-old African-American man, was arrested on July 15 for Lewatowski's murder. According to The Baltimore Sun, McCray was arrested after CitiWatch cameras spied him putting a shotgun into a car with stolen plates downtown at Eutaw and Lombard streets, near the University of Maryland campus.

Thursday, July 16

8:56 a.m. Two people in the 3400 block of Lake Montebello Drive in Mayfield, saw a Chevy Malibu parked on the block. Inside, they found the body of Diandre Cherry, a 25-year-old African-American man, who had been shot repeatedly in the head. This is the third homicide in the Northeastern police district this week, and the 27th this year. So far, the Northeastern has more murders than any other police district in 2009. The Eastern and Southwestern are tied for second, with 19 homicides each.

Sunday, July 19

9:30 p.m. A police officer was in the 700 block of Kenwood Avenue, when she heard gunfire coming from East Madison Street less than a block away. On the 2800 block of East Madison, she found Jerrod Reed, a 16-year-old African-American male who had been shot in the head, and another 16-year-old African-American male who had been shot in the right leg. Reed died before he could be taken to the hospital. The boy who was shot in the leg survived. Reed is the 17th teenager murdered this year.


The man shot to death on June 29 in the 3400 block of Fairview Avenue has been identified as Antonio Montgomery, a 36-year-old African-American man from Halethorpe. The man shot to death on July 9 in the 2900 block of McElderry Street was 21-year-old African-American Charles Armstead.

A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Lendelle Sanchez, a 25-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Thomas Mouzon Jr., a 23-year-old African-American man who is also know as Milton Jones. Mouzon, along with nine other inmates of the Dismas halfway house, were being transported by security officers from a high-school basketball court back to the house, when Sanchez allegedly approached and shot him several times.

On July 17, Michael Wallace, a 24-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 100 years in prison for the murder of Sterling Carr, a 28-year-old African-American man. Carr was shot to death on June 12, 2007, in the 2400 block of Ellamont Street.

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