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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/10/2010

Murders this Week: 6
Murders this Year: 18

Monday, Feb. 1

8:15 a.m. Police found John England, a 27-year-old African-American man, lying between the curb and a construction wall in the 2200 block of North Monroe Street in Mondawmin. He had been shot numerous times and died at an area hospital at 8:50 a.m. England was living in a Volunteers of America house, where he was serving the remainder of a nearly four-year federal prison sentence for handgun violations. England was on his way to a job-training site in the block when he was killed.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

8:50 a.m. Juan Tucker, a 34-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly throughout his body in the 2100 block of Edmondson Avenue near the West Baltimore MARC station. He died at a local hospital at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4

7 p.m. Members of the Violent Crime Impact Division were investigating a recent nonfatal shooting in the 3700 block of Oakmont Avenue in Central Park Heights. They were informed that some people at the house where the shooting had occurred were armed. A 28-year-old officer with two years of experience (who police have declined to name) saw two men in the alley by the house and started walking toward them. One of the men allegedly opened fire on the officer without warning. The officer, who the police say is a veteran of the Iraq war, was hit twice in the right arm. A second officer, a 23-year-old with three years of experience (who police also declined to name), opened fire on the men, hitting them both. One collapsed on the porch and died at an area hospital. Police are waiting until the man's family has been notified to release his name. The other managed to get inside the house; police went in after him and arrested him. He is recovering from his injuries. The officer who was shot is expected to recover. This is the second police-involved shooting this year, the first with a fatality.

Friday, Feb. 5

12:30 a.m. Shaun Henderson, a 30-year-old African-American man from Riverdale, was found in the driver's seat of a 2000 Cadillac Escalade in the 2400 block of Loyola Southway. Henderson had been shot in the chest and managed to drive near Cylburn Park, where a citizen noticed that his car had been sitting there with the motor running for half an hour and called the police. He died at a local hospital.

Saturday, Feb. 6

6:55 p.m. Charles Kerins, a 25-year-old Caucasian man, went to pick up his 4-year-old daughter in the 4000 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Irvington. When he arrived, he got into an argument with the boyfriend of the child's mother. Kerins and the boyfriend, Damien Osacoca, a 24-year-old African-American man, allegedly got into a fight outside the house. Osacoca was later discovered lying in the snow, stabbed several times in the head and torso. He died at a local hospital less than an hour later. Kerins went to the Southwest police district headquarters and told police he'd been involved in a stabbing. Kerins had a laceration on his head and a stab wound to the chest. He was taken to a hospital and treated. Upon his release from the hospital the next day, he was arrested and charged with Osacoca's murder.

Sunday, Feb. 7

1:08 p.m. An as-yet-unidentified man was shot numerous times in the 1200 block of Bentalou Street near James Mosher Elementary School in the middle of the afternoon. He died before he could be taken to the hospital.


Sharon Jones, a 26-year-old African-American woman, and Tia Sewell, a 27-year-old African-American woman, were sentenced on Feb. 1. The two women pleaded guilty to abusing a vulnerable adult. They were being paid by the state to take care of 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 other injuries from neglect. A doctor at the time described this as the most severe case of neglect he had seen in five years with the hospital. Montford smelled strongly of rotting flesh. She died on March 14 of that year. Jones and Sewell each received five years of probation.

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