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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/21/2010

Murders this Week: 5
Murders this Year: 51

Friday, April 16

10:35 p.m. Two men were sitting in a Dodge Charger in the 4100 block of Kenshaw Avenue near Reisterstown Road Plaza. A car pulled alongside them and someone inside started firing. The driver of the Charger, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times and died at a local hospital after midnight. The passenger in the car was shot in the lower back, but survived. Police are waiting until the victim's family has been notified of his death to release his name.

11:09 p.m. A24-year-old African-American man was found shot in the chest in the doorway of his home in the 1200 block of East North Avenue, a block from where Nelson Armstrong was killed less than a week earlier. He told police that three men forced their way into his home, shot him, and stole his cell phone. He was able to provide a description of his attackers. The man died at an area hospital the next day. Police are waiting until his family has been told of his death to release his name. This is the fourth murder in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood this year, making it the most murderous in the city.

11:29 p.m. Twenty minutes later, Jamal Thomas, a 30-year-old African-American man, got into an argument inside Kay's Liquor Store in the 1100 block of North Milton Street in East Baltimore. Thomas left the store and was shot repeatedly in the chest. He died at a local hospital at 1 a.m.

Saturday, April 17

4:49 p.m. Police were called to a home in the 200 block of East Hoffman Street for a child who wasn't breathing. The girl--a 2-year-old African-American whose name has been listed as Melody, Melony, and Melonie Hamber--had been staying with her father, Tyrone Hamber, a 22-year-old African-American man, for two weeks. According to charging documents, Hamber disciplined his daughter by hitting her with a belt on her bare behind. He called it his "whipping belt." On the day of the incident, he had instructed the child not to open the door and let the dogs into the house. She did so, and he allegedly beat her so severely that chunks of flesh were ripped from her body. She blacked out and could not be revived. She was taken to an area hospital, but was dead on arrival. Both old and new injuries were found on her body. The girl's father has been charged with child abuse and assault. According to police, he has also been charged with murder, but online court documents show only the initial charges. This is the second child under 3 years old murdered this year.

Sunday, April 18

11:02 a.m. Police located a black Acura parked in the 3700 block of Lewiston Avenue near Arlington Elementary School. The car's engine was running, and the driver's side door was open. When they got closer, they saw a leg hanging out of the car. It belonged to an as-yet-unidentified African-American man who had been shot in the upper torso and was dead.


The man shot to death in an alley behind the 5300 block of Denmore Avenue on April 11 has been identified at Anthony Waller, a 36-year-old African-American man.

On April 13, Donnell Covington, a 26-year-old African-American, was convicted of murdering Robert Johnson, a 39-year-old African-American man. Johnson got into an argument with Tiffany Lowery, a 24-year-old African-American woman, and Paul Teaney (aka Tenney), a 30-year-old Caucasian man, near the B&O Railroad Museum in Pigtown on May 7, 2008. During the fight, Covington, aka Lil' Black, stabbed Johnson to death. Lowery and Teaney pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and being an accessory after the fact, respectively, and are awaiting sentencing.

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