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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/4/2004

Murders this week: 5
Murders this year: 169

Monday, July 26

1:30 a.m. A police unit was flagged down in Northwest Baltimore’s Woodmere neighborhood by a citizen who told police that there was a man lying in an alley behind the 4100 block of Newton Avenue. When the officers got there they found a 30-year-old African-American male on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police have identified the victim, but at press time they had been unable to notify his family; therefore, they will not release his name until his family has been contacted.

5:50 p.m. Robert Miller, a 24-year-old African-American, died after spending nearly a year in the hospital. Miller was shot on Sept. 20, 2003, at about 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Denison Street in Edmondson Village. When Miller was found he had numerous gunshot wounds all over his body. He was initially sent to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and he was later transferred to University Specialty Hospital for long-term care. He succumbed to his injuries today.

Thursday, July 29

5:20 p.m. Police received a dead-on-arrival call in the 3300 block of Leighton Avenue near Mondawmin Mall. When they got there they located Robert Allen, a 33-year-old African-American man, with two gunshot wounds to the upper torso. He had a criminal record for traffic and domestic offenses.

Friday, July 30

1:07 a.m. An officer heard gunshots in downtown Baltimore and found Shantron Monroe at the intersection of Commerce and Water streets. Monroe, a 25-year-old African-American man, had been shot repeatedly in the chest just two blocks north of the Gallery and a few blocks west of Power Plant Live!. Monroe had a criminal record and had been arrested in connection with several violent crimes. This is the first murder to take place downtown this year.

Sunday, Aug. 1

4:07 a.m. Back on the west side, in the Penrose neighborhood, 18-year-old African-American male Earl Edwards was shot to death. According to police, Edwards and another black male stole drugs from an individual in the 2100 block of Vine Street. While they were running away someone opened fire. Edwards was struck in the upper torso and head but managed to get to the 2100 block of Penrose Avenue before he collapsed. This is the third murder in Penrose this year and the 22nd murder in West Baltimore.

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