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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/26/2009

Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 144

The death of Gerrod Finch, a 21-year-old African-American man, has been returned to the homicide tally. According to charging documents, Finch was in a car in the 600 block of Wheeler Avenue with his girlfriend Tanaya Salter, a 21-year-old African-American woman. They were going to pick up Salter's son nearby. While in the car, Finch was stabbed in chest. He got out of the car, but collapsed on the corner and died. Salter originally told police that Finch was assaulted by a group of people while she was not in the car, but according to police her account was inconsistent with witness reports. Salter then said that Finch was assaulting her in the car and that she stabbed him in self-defense. According to charging documents, however, it was determined that Salter "had opportunity to exit the vehicle if she was in fear for her safety." On Aug. 17, she was arrested and charged with Finch's murder.

Thursday, Aug. 20

1:41 a.m. A 25-year-old African-American man was found lying in the 4400 block of Belle Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. He had been shot. He died at a local hospital at 2:19 a.m. Police are waiting to inform his family before releasing his name.

4:36 p.m. That afternoon police got a call for a gun fired in the 100 block of South Highland Avenue near Patterson Park. When they arrived they saw bullet holes in the first-floor window of a home. Donte Gunter, a 25-year-old African-American man, was lying inside. He had been shot numerous times. Someone came to Gunter's door, according to police, and when he looked out the window the person shot him through it, then fled. Gunter died at an area hospital less than an hour later.

Friday, Aug. 21

9:28 p.m. Marlon Ringgold, a 31-year-old African-American man, was caught in the rain near the intersection of Jefferson Street and Collington Avenue, just a few blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He ducked into the doorway of a vacant storefront for shelter when someone came up to him and shot him in the head. Ringgold died the next day at a local hospital.

Saturday, Aug. 22

12:15 a.m. David Lumpkins, a 21-year-old African-American man, was found lying in a pool of blood on the steps of a home in the 600 block of Yale Avenue in Southwest Baltimore. He had been shot repeatedly and died at an area hospital less than an hour later.


Maurice Evans, a 16-year-old African-American male, was indicted on Aug. 21 by a Baltimore City Grand Jury for the murder of Shonte Ellis, a 27-year-old African-American woman. Ellis was shot to death in the parking lot of a bar in the 4200 block of Erdman Avenue in Belair-Edison on July 25.

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