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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 7/28/2004

Murders This Week: 7
Murders This Year: 164

There were no homicides in Baltimore City July 15 to July 20. The six-day streak ties with Jan. 9 to 14 and April 25 to 30 for the most murder-free days in a row this year.

Wednesday, July 21

1:56 a.m. A Jeep Cherokee struck a parked car in the 400 block of North Rose Street in East Baltimoreís McElderry Park neighborhood. Police found William Ferebee, a 27-year-old African-American man, sitting in the driverís seat with the seat reclined. He had been shot in the back of the head. According to police, a crowd had gathered by the car but scattered when officers approached. At least 10 other people have been found shot to death in cars this year.

Thursday, July 22

1:05 a.m. Officers responded to the 3800 block of Sequoia Avenue in Northwest Baltimore for a serious shooting. When they got there, two people were in the house performing CPR on 29-year-old African-American man Ronald Shear. According to police, an African-American male with a gun had entered Shearís apartment and shot Shear in the torso. The crime may have occurred during a home invasion. Shear was transported to Sinai Hospital but was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

1:25 a.m. A dark-colored vehicle pulled up to the sidewalk in front of Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore. An unknown African-American male got out of the car and laid 22-year-old African-American Vincent Blackwell on the sidewalk and drove off. Blackwell had been shot in the middle of the chest at an unknown location. The hospital staff was unable to revive him. Blackwell was on probation for drug possession.

Friday, July 23

12:31 a.m. Officers received a call that a weapon had been discharged in the 3700 block of Old Frederick Road in Southwest Baltimore. There they found Leonard Curtis, an African-American man who lived in Cherry Hill, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was alert and conscious. He was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died 40 minutes later. People at the scene said that the 19-year-old Curtis was a well-known drug dealer who ran the 3700 block of Old Frederick.

4:55 a.m. A few hours later, there was a double shooting near the northeast corner of Patterson Park in the first block of South Curley Street. Officers responded to the location because a woman had been heard screaming. When they got there they found two white males suffering from gunshot wounds. A 34-year-old was shot in the right side and survived, but 24-year-old Roger Oxendine had been shot in the neck. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Hopkins Hospital.

Sunday, July 25

1:49 a.m. Officers responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill. Troy Goings, a 22-year-old African-American man who lived just a few streets over, had been sitting on a stoop drinking when an unknown assailant shot him repeatedly in the chest.

8:10 p.m. Police found Leslie Hill-Yoes, a 58-year-old African-American woman, stabbed to death in her own apartment in the 2600 block of North Hilton Street in West Baltimore. Hill-Yoes is the 16th woman to be murdered in Baltimore City this year.

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