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By Andrea Appleton and Anna Ditkoff | Posted 1/13/2010

Murders this week: 4
Murders this year: 5

One murder was removed from the 2009 homicide total in December and another was added. Baltimore Police are no longer counting the Dec. 9 police-involved shooting that left Byron Matthews, a 20-year-old African-American man dead, as a homicide. The Dec. 8 death of Debrah Beard, a 59-year-old African-American woman, has been ruled a homicide. Beard and her daughter, Qurra Iqbal, a 17-year-old African-American girl, were attacked in their home in the 5500 block of Midwood Avenue in North Baltimore on Dec. 3. Beard was a double amputee, missing both legs. She and Iqbal lived in the first-floor apartment of a house. William Jones, a 32-year-old African-American man, lived in the apartment upstairs. Williams allegedly forced his way into Beard's apartment and attacked first Iqbal, then her mother, with a hammer. Iqbal died that day. Beard was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died as a result of the beating on Dec. 8. Thus, the homicide toll for 2009 remains at 238.

The man shot to death on Jan. 3 has been identified as 33-year-old African-American man Marcal Walton.

Monday, Jan. 4

5:20 p.m. Sean Johnson, a 41-year-old African-American man, left his home in the late afternoon. He didn't tell his wife where he was going. At 5:15 p.m., a stranger knocked on her door and said that her husband had been badly beaten. She found him lying in the street on the 1300 block of North Milton Avenue, bleeding from the back of the head. Johnson was taken to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery. He died on Jan. 6.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

11:33 p.m. Undercover officers were doing surveillance on a case in the Shipley Hill neighborhood when they heard gunshots. They followed them to Franklintown Road off Baltimore Street where they found Antonio Lashley, a 21-year-old African-American man. Lashley had been shot repeatedly and died at a local hospital just after midnight.

Sunday, Jan. 10

10:10 p.m. Police were called to the 900 block of North Glover Street in the Madison Eastend neighborhood. There they found an unidentified African-American man in a vehicle. He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

10:15 p.m. Derrick Taylor, an African-American man, walked to the 7-Eleven convenience store down the street from his home in Belair-Parkside. On the way back, in the 3900 block of Eierman Avenue, he got into an altercation with someone and was shot several times. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, four days after his 20th birthday.

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