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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/14/2010

Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 108

Monday, July 5

1:33 a.m. Police found John Crowder, a 17-year-old African-American male, lying in the front yard of a house in the 2600 block of Garrett Avenue near Clifton Park. He had been shot repeatedly and died at an area hospital at 3:36 a.m. Crowder is the seventh juvenile murdered this year and the second in five days.

2:45 a.m. A little over an hour after Crowder was shot, Vance Williams, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times in the 1500 block of East Hoffman Street in Oliver. Williams died before he could be taken to a hospital.

Wednesday, July 7

8:54 a.m. Raham Reid, a 26-year-old African-American man, was discovered lying on the ground by the side of a house in the 5200 block of Cuthbert Avenue. Reid had been shot in the chest and was dead. Reid is the fifth person murdered in Northwest Baltimore's Arlington neighborhood this year, making it the most murderous in the city.

Saturday, July 10

3:46 a.m. A silver Lexus was parked by Nam Kang in the 100 block of West 22nd Street in Charles Village. Yolanda Howard, a 35-year-old African-American woman, sat inside. She was shot in the head and chest and was pronounced dead. This is the third murder in Charles Village this year. Since City Paper started collecting data for this column, the neighborhood has never had more than two murders in an entire year.

Updates:

David Caldwell, a 23-year-old African-American man, was indicted for murder on June 18. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Caldwell allegedly confronted Michael Pryor, a 32-year-old African-American man, on May 15 because Caldwell believed Pryor was giving information to police. The State's Attorney's Office says Pryor pulled out a knife, but Caldwell took it from him and stabbed Pryor in the chest, killing him.

Matthew Evans, a 41-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on June 21 for the murder of Anthony Conaway, a 41-year-old African-American man. Evans and Conaway were both inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center in early 2006. Evans stabbed Conaway to death on March 13 of that year. Evans' co-defendant Tivon Wright, a 31-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the incident and was sentenced to five years in prison. Despite occurring within the boundaries of the city, Conaway's murder was not included in 2006's official homicide tally because the Baltimore Police Department doesn't count murders at the jail.

Darnell Jeter, a 45-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 33 years in prison on July 8. Theresa Parker, a 39-year-old African-American woman, was found on the second floor of a vacant house in the Somerset Project on March 25, 2007. She had been struck in the head with a hammer 16 times and showed signs of being asphyxiated. There were no witnesses, but Jeter's DNA was found under Parker's fingernails and on the hammer used to kill her.

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