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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/7/2010

Murders this Week: 6
Murders this Year: 104

Tuesday, June 29
9:41 p.m. Phillip Bundy, a 28-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the upper body in the 1500 block of Carswell Street near Baltimore City College. He lived in the block. Bundy was taken to a local hospital where he died at 11:55 p.m.

Thursday, July 1
12:48 a.m. Renardo Broom, a 16-year-old African-American male from Remington, was shot in the chest in the courtyard of an apartment building in the 700 block of West North Avenue near the entrance to I-83. He died at an area hospital at 1:28 a.m. Broom is the sixth juvenile murdered this year. He is also the 100th homicide victim of 2010.

Friday, July 2
3:16 a.m. Chase Love, a 26-year-old African-American man and U.S. Marine, was at a hookah bar in the 200 block of East Baltimore Street, a block from City Hall. He was shot several times in the bar. He managed to leave but collapsed on the sidewalk. Love was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. at a local hospital. This is the seventh murder in the Central police district this year and the second this week. Love is at least the third Marine murdered in Baltimore this year.

Saturday, July 3
2:33 a.m. Raynard Johnson, a 24-year-old African-American man, died at an area hospital. Johnson was shot numerous times at 1:15 a.m. on June 20 in the 2400 block of Stoddard Street in Upton.

10:38 p.m. Warren Mitchell, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 1600 block of North Port Street by the Baltimore Cemetery and died at a nearby hospital less than a half hour later.

Sunday, July 4
12:58 a.m. Jason Rogers, a 30-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the middle of the street in the 1000 block of North Patterson Avenue in East Baltimore. He had been shot several times and died at a local hospital at 1:40 a.m.

Tyres Taylor, a 25-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murder, armed robbery, and other related counts on June 16. Taylor and his co-defendant, James Giles, a 24-year-old African-American man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and handgun counts, robbed three people at gunpoint on May 17, 2007. During the robbery, Taylor shot Robert Perlie Jr., a 16-year-old African-American male, in the head, killing him.

On June 17, Davonne Sydnor, a 19-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and handgun counts. His co-defendant Kevin Ward, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of robbery with a deadly weapon the same day. Sydnor shot Russell Day, a 30-year-old Caucasian man, to death while buying heroin from him on April 13, 2009. Sydnor, Ward, and Jermaine McCory, a 16-year-old African-American male who pleaded guilty to armed robbery and weapons charges, then stole money from Day’s body. McCory was just 15 at the time of the murder.

Christopher Williams, a 25-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of murder June 18. Christopher was at Rumors Bar on New Year’s Day 2009. The co-owner of the bar and Christopher’s cousin, Mario Williams, a 31-year-old African-American man, asked Christopher to leave because, according to the state’s attorney’s office, “he was acting inappropriately with a female patron.” Christopher then shot Mario once in the head outside the bar.

Also on June 18, the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted four men for the kidnapping, robbery, and murder of Qonta Waddell—Derrell Johnson, a 28-year-old African-American man, Xavier Johnson, a 20-year-old African-American man, Corry Summerville, a 24-year-old African-American man, and Peter Miller, a 19-year-old African-American man. Waddell, a 24-year-old African-American man, was abducted from his mother’s house on April 21, 2009. During the kidnapping, he was shot in the head and killed. Several other men—Aaron Davis, a 24-year-old African-American man, William Rhodes, a 25-year-old African-American man, and Humphrey Johnson, a 36-year-old African-American man—have also been indicted for this crime.

Jermaine Carmichael, a 23-year-old African-American man, Harold Moore, a 23-year-old African-American man, and Mario Thompson, an 18-year-old African-American man, were indicted on June 18 for the murder of David Beers, a 49-year-old Caucasian man. According to the state’s attorney’s office, Moore lured Beers into his house on April 23 and then tried to rob him. Beers stabbed Moore with a sharp object and fled. Moore called Thompson and Carmichael and they surrounded Beers, kicking him, stomping on him, and hitting him with a two-by-four. Beers died on May 5.

Shontay Lane, a 24-year-old African-American woman, was convicted on June 29 of the murder of Takira Johnson-Bey, a 25-year-old African-American woman, and the attempted murder of a 17-year-old girl. Lane got into a fight with Johnson-Bey outside Norma Jean’s, a strip club on the Block. Lane stabbed Johnson-Bey five times, hitting her heart and liver and killing her. The 17-year-old was stabbed four times but survived.

On July 1, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld the murder convictions of Adan Canela, a 23-year-old Hispanic man, and his uncle Policarpio Perez, a 28-year-old Hispanic man. The men were found guilty in 2006 of murdering Lucero Espinoza, an 8-year-old Mexican girl, Ricardo Espinoza Jr., a 9-year-old Mexican boy, and Alexis Quezada, a 10-year-old Mexican boy. Lucero and Ricardo were brother and sister and lived in an apartment in Northwest Baltimore with their parents, their cousin Alexis, and his mother. The children came home from school on May 27, 2004, at which time Canela and Perez (the cousin and uncle, respectively, of Lucero and Ricardo) beat and strangled the two boys, bludgeoned Lucero, and slit all three children’s throats. The two men each received two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, three concurrent life sentences, and 30 years in prison. Canela was 17 at the time of the murders.

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