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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 1/20/2010

Baltimore City went six consecutive days without a murder. As of Monday, Jan. 18 there were nine fewer homicides this year than at the same time in 2009.

Sunday, Jan. 16

5:30 a.m. Police were called to the 2300 block of West North Avenue near Coppin State University for a shooting. Darnell Taylor, a 48-year-old African-American man, had been shot numerous times. He died at an area hospital at 6:15 a.m.

Murders this Week: 1
Murders this Year: 6

Updates: The March 6, 2009 murder of Herbert Carsten Jr, a 17-year-old Caucasian man, and the March 8, 2009 murder of Wayne Robinson, a 22-year-old African-American man, were both closed by exception according to the police. The State’s Attorney’s Office says that the prime suspect in both murders was Darvin Jones, a 19-year-old African-American man. Jones was murdered on July 26, 2009.

Gregory Lee, a 23-year-old African-American man, and Andre Cox, a 30-year-old African-American man, were indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury on Jan. 8 for the kidnapping and murder of Kwame Osafo, a 21-year-old African-American man from Ghana. Osafo was found on Oct. 10, 2007 in the 3400 block of Winterbourne Road. He had been duct taped and shot in the head. Lee and Cox allegedly abducted Osafo the day before, questioned him, and then shot him twice in the head.

Alice Collins, a 38-year-old African-American woman, pleaded guilty on Jan. 12 to the murder of Elizabeth Queensbury, a 51-year-old African-American woman. Queensbury was found stabbed 37 times in the Family Dollar Store at 1231 W. Pratt St. on July 21, 2008. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, the surveillance video was missing, the alarm had been disarmed, and the safe was left open. Deposit for the store had not been made in a few days and more than $14,000 was unaccounted for. Collins, who was the store manager, used her code to enter the store that morning. When interviewed by detectives that day, Collins had blood on her hands and socks that proved to be Queensbury’s. Collins received 40 years in prison for Queensbury’s murder.

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