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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/21/2004

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 157

Sunday, July 11

11:33 p.m. Officers received a call that there was an unresponsive woman in a house in the 100 block of North Ellwood Street, two blocks north of Patterson Park. When they arrived they found Gwendolyn Boykins, a 45-year-old African-American woman, lying in the basement with trauma to her head and throat. Medics responded, taking her to Johns Hopkins Hospital, but she was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Boykins had previously been arrested for passing bad checks and assault.


Monday, July 12

2:11 a.m. Two hours later and about three blocks away, officers found another victim when they responded to a call in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue. Residents directed the officers to the spot where 22-year-old African-American Brian Roberts lay on ground, suffering from a gunshot wound to the throat. He was taken to Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and was pronounced dead about an hour later.

11:32 p.m. Louis Johnson, a 20-year-old African-American, was talking to someone in the 700 block of North Belnord Avenue near his home when a man came out of a nearby alley and fired multiple shots at Johnson. He ran toward his home but collapsed before he could get inside. He was taken to Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead. Nineteen-year-old African-American Tondayo Johnson, who is not related to the victim but lived just a few blocks away, was arrested on first-degree murder charges on July 14 by the Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Johnson is the fifth person to be murdered in the East Baltimore’s Madison-East End neighborhood this year. The neighborhood is approximately nine blocks by four blocks.


Tuesday, July 13

12:05 a.m. Tarik Walker, a 28-year-old African-American was found lying in the road in the 900 block of Washington Boulevard, near the B&O Railroad Museum. Walker had been shot in the head repeatedly.

10:02 a.m. Officers reported to a stabbing call in the 500 block of East Gittings Street in South Baltimore’s Riverside neighborhood, between Federal Hill and Locust Point, and found Vincent Fitzgibbons, a 47-year-old Caucasian, with a stab wound to the abdomen. According to police, he was having an argument with another man when that man stabbed him and fled. Forty-one-year-old Caucasian Charles Norfolk, also of Riverside, was arrested shortly after the stabbing.


Wednesday, July 14

12:05 a.m. Officers received a call for a shooting in the 100 block of North Montford Avenue, two blocks north of Patterson Park. There they found 17-year-old African-American Juan McMahan with a gunshot wound to the head. He died at Hopkins Hospital more than 12 hours later, at 4:40 p.m.


According to police, there were no homicides Thursday, July 15, through Sunday, July 18.

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