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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/25/2009

Murders this Week: 5
Murders this Year: 205 

Monday, Nov. 16

12:26 a.m. Antonio Smith, an 18-year-old African-American male, died at an area hospital. Smith was found lying in the street in the 1900 block of East Lanvale Street in Broadway East. He had been shot several times. He is the 28th person under the age of 20 murdered this year.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

3:45 p.m. Lykeishia Freeman, a 35-year-old African-American woman, was found dead behind a corner store in the 900 block of East Eager Street near Johnston Square Elementary School. She was partially undressed and had suffered blunt-force trauma to the head.

Thursday, Nov. 19

7:30 p.m. Virginia McGhee, a 34-year-old African-American woman, was at Brown's Funeral Home in the 2100 block of North Fulton Avenue for the viewing of her boyfriend, Michael McFadden. McFadden was shot to death a week earlier. McGhee was in the vestibule of the funeral home when a car drove into the parking lot. Someone inside the car wearing a mask over his or her mouth started shooting, hitting McGhee in the chest. She died at a local hospital at 8:29 p.m. McGhee is the 18th woman murdered this year.

Friday, Nov. 20

9:18 p.m. Brandon Benjamin, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot in the face in the 3100 block of McElderry Street in East Baltimore. He died at a local hospital just after midnight as his parents looked on.

Saturday, Nov. 21

7:20 p.m. Tavon Fortune, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the 1200 block of North Curley Street. He died 25 minutes later at an area hospital.


The man, who died from head trauma in a vacant apartment building in the 2900 block of Garrison Boulevard, has been identified as Carron Spruiel, a 26-year-old African-American man.

On Nov. 16, Dennis Hite, a 16-year-old African-American male, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and handgun violations and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hite, who was 15 at the time of the murder, shot Derrick Reed, a 15-year-old African-American male, in the stomach on Sept. 23, 2008. The two boys were struggling over a gun on a front porch in the 2500 block of Aisquith Street when the shooting occurred.

Also on Nov. 16, Sharon Jones, a 26-year-old African-American woman, and Tia Sewell, a 27-year-old African-American woman, both pleaded guilty to abusing a vulnerable adult. Under the plea agreements neither woman can be sentenced to more than six years in prison. Sewell and Jones were paid by the state to care for their mother, April Montford, a 41-year-old African-American woman who was shot and paralyzed in 1985. When police went to Montford's home on Feb. 29, 2008, they found her covered in open wounds that were infested with lice and maggots and a month's worth of urine and fecal matter. She also had numerous injuries from neglect. She died on March 14 of that year.

Edward Palmer, a 59-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Nov. 19. Palmer was convicted of murdering his landlord, James Daniels, a 51-year-old African-American man, on April 11, 2008, and then dumping Daniels' body in Essex and setting it on fire.

On Nov. 20, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Brandon Long, a 24-year-old African-American man, for the Sept. 18 murder of Stanley Mooring, a 50-year-old African-American man. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Mooring was attacked by a group of males. He stabbed one of his attackers and then ran away. Long allegedly chased after him and shot him several times in the 600 block of Ashburton Street.

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