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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 12/23/2009

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 227

Wednesday, Dec. 16

3:33 p.m. Darnell Gray, a 35-year-old African-American man, was riding in the back seat of an SUV with a bunch of friends. When they rolled into the 700 block of Bartlett Avenue in East Baltimore Midway, two men standing on the corner started firing at the car. The driver accelerated to escape the gunfire. The gunmen shot out the rear window, and when the driver looked in his rearview mirror, he saw Gray slumped over. Gray had been hit in the right armpit and left knee. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later. No one else in the car was shot.

Friday, Dec. 18

11:58 p.m. The Great Blacks in Wax Museum in the 1600 block of East North Avenue was rented out for a party. A fight broke out and security guards threw out several guests. The fight then continued outside and Joshua Hargrove, a 20-year-old African-American man, was assaulted by a group of males. One stabbed him several times. He died at a local hospital just after midnight. Jonathan Miller, an 18-year-old African-American male, was arrested on Dec. 20 and charged with Hargrove's murder.

Sunday, Dec. 20

9:50 a.m. Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Belle Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. When they arrived they found the body of Stephen Makia, a 28-year-old African-American man and former Marine. Makia was last seen on Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m., when he told family members he was going to go home and take a shower. When his brother dropped by that morning Makia was dead. He had been shot in the right buttock and thigh. The house had been ransacked. Police were unable to say if Makia was robbed.


On Dec. 15 police arrested Anthony Flemming, a 23-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Lamont Jackson, a 21-year-old African-American man. Jackson was at home in the 500 block of North Streeper Street on Nov. 17, 2006 when someone knocked on his door and then shot him numerous times.

On Dec. 16 the Southwestern police district's gang unit arrested Andre Cox, a 30-year-old African-American man, for the Oct. 10, 2007 murder of Kwame Osafo, a 21-year-old African-American man from Ghana. Osafo was shot in the head in the street in the 3400 block of Winterbourne Road in Leakin Park.

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