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Murder Ink

Posted 1/27/2010

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 10

Monday, Jan. 18

2:35 p.m. Darius Goines, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found shot several times in the head and body in the hallway of an apartment building in the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Goines was shot in the 600 block of West Hoffman Street, but managed to make his way to the apartment building. He died at an area hospital at 8:05 p.m. Police believe he was shot when a fight broke out following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

9:35 p.m. That night, James Jackson, a 27-year-old African-American man, was stabbed repeatedly at the corner of Franklin and Paca streets near Lexington Market. He died at 10:10 p.m. This was the second homicide in the Central Police District that day.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

2:45 p.m. Raymond Gibson, a 21-year-old African-American, was walking with his cousin and another man in the 1700 block of North Caroline Street in Oliver in the middle of the afternoon. The three men noticed a man across the street staring at them. The man pulled out a gun and started firing at Gibson. According to police, Gibson then pulled a gun out of his pants pocket and returned fire. During the shootout, Gibson was hit in the head. His cousin tried to drag Gibson to safety, but couldn't. Police allege that the cousin grabbed Gibson's gun and threw it in a grass lot. Gibson died at 7:30 p.m. at a local hospital. No arrests have been made in his murder.

Saturday, Jan. 23

4 a.m. Darius Ray, a 20-year-old African-American Marine stationed in Washington, D.C., went to a party in the 6900 block of McClean Boulevard near the city's northern line. When a group of uninvited men entered the party, they were asked to leave and were being escorted out when they started fighting with the people trying to make them leave. The men were pushed out of the apartment. They came back a few minutes later. One of the men stabbed Ray in the chest. Ray died at a local hospital less than an hour later. Another person was also stabbed, but is expected to survive. The next day, police arrested Michael Wiggins, a 26-year-old African-American man, Vernon Hadley, a 22-year-old African-American man, and Nicky Woodward, a 27-year-old African-American man, for Ray's murder.


The man found shot to death in a car in the 900 block of North Glover Street has been identified as Darel Alston, a 38-year-old African-American man from Jessup.

Demetrius Smith, a 27-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murder on Jan. 19. Smith shot Robert Long, a 36-year-old Caucasian man, twice in the head on March 24, 2008. Smith, who according to witnesses is a drug dealer, stashed drugs in an abandoned house on Parrish Street. Long was rehabbing the house and found Smith's stash, which he took. Smith found Long and took him to an out-of-the-way spot in a neighborhood park and shot him. While out on bail for this charge, Smith allegedly shot someone during a robbery. That trial is slated for Feb. 22.

Quadir Butcher, a 20-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty on Jan. 20 to the murder of Derrell Smith, a 22-year-old African-American man. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Butcher shot Smith and another person while they were sitting on a porch in the 3100 block of Clifton Avenue on June 2, 2008. The other victim survived.

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