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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/7/2009

Murders this Week: 3
Murders this Year: 171

The death of Ethel Henderson, an 85-year-old African-American woman, was added to the homicide rolls this week. On March 8 at 5:20 p.m. in Rosemont, Henderson was found on fire. The flames were extinguished and Henderson was taken to an area hospital, but died on June 17. Henderson's grandson, Tyron Mason, a 30-year-old African-American man, was arrested on the day of the incident. According to police, Mason is a drug addict. He allegedly doused his grandmother with a flammable liquid and set her on fire after she refused to give him money.

The death of Jermaine Womack, a 32-year-old African-American man, has been removed from the homicide tally. Womack's girlfriend Tiesha Bennett, a 27-year-old African-American woman, was initially charged with fatally stabbing Womack, who died on June 22. However, those charges were dropped on Sept. 3 after the stabbing was ruled self-defense.

Friday, Oct. 2

7:25 p.m. A group of people were at the intersection of Payson Street and Lafayette Avenue in West Baltimore when shots were fired. Darius Anderson, a 17-year-old African-American male, was shot in the head and died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

Saturday, Oct. 3

2:25 a.m. A police officer in the Irvington neighborhood heard gunshots coming from the 4000 block of Massachusetts Avenue. When the officer got there, he saw Antoine Rawlings, a 28-year-old African-American man, who had been shot in the head several times. A gray Chevy Malibu was seen speeding away from the scene. The officer followed the gray sedan and, with back up, was able to stop the car in the 4700 block of Amberly Street. Perry Scott, a 20-year-old African-American man who was in the car, was arrested. A gun was also recovered. Rawlings was taken to a local hospital and died at 2:50 a.m.


The names of three homicide victims were released this week: David Deans, a 25-year-old African-American, was murdered in the 4400 block of Belle Avenue on Aug. 20; Shawn Williams, a 28-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed in the 3200 block of Lyndale Avenue on Aug. 26; and Jerome Blackmon, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot to death on Sept. 11 in the 3200 block of Belair Road.

Two arrests were made in last week's murder of Jamal White, a 26-year-old African-American man. White was shot repeatedly during an argument with two men in the 1800 block of Dover Street in Carrollton Ridge. That day, police arrested Antonio Williams, a 24-year-old African-American man, and Pierre Harris, an 18-year-old African-American man, and charged them with White's murder.

Ricky Jones, a 33-year-old African-American man was arrested on Sept. 30 for the murder of Gerard Thomas, a 24-year-old African-American man. Thomas was shot in the head in the 3400 block of Cliftmont Avenue on Sept. 16.

On Oct. 1, police arrested Abron Scott, a 42-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Shelton Elliott, a 43-year-old African-American man. Elliot was shot to death during a robbery on Sept. 9 in the 500 block of Carey Street.

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