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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/6/2004

Murders This Week: 7
Murders This Year: 222

By Monday, Oct. 4, 2003, 200 people had been murdered in Baltimore. By the same date this year, the city already passed that mark by 22 murders.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

11:31 p.m. Erik Villines, a 16-year-old African-American male, was shot walking out the backdoor of his home in Belair-Edison in Northeast Baltimore. Villines was the second 16-year-old shot and killed in five days and the 28th juvenile to be murdered this year in Baltimore City.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

1:25 a.m. Officers received a call for a hit and run in the 3000 block of Reisterstown Road near Druid Hill Park. They responded to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the victim had been taken. After being examined, they found out that Glenford Montaque, a 33-year-old African-American man from East Baltimore’s Madison-East End neighborhood, had actually been shot in the back.

12:33 p.m. In the 5600 block of McClean Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore, a 14-year-old male returned home to find his mother, the 41-year-old Caucasian Leslie Berger, unconscious and bleeding. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital and pronounced dead half an hour later. Berger was on probation.

9:49 p.m. About a mile away, a 49-year-old African-American man by the name of Garford Jones was found lying in the street in front of his house in the 4500 block of Harcourt Road in Northeast Baltimore’s Moravia-Walther neighborhood, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

10:19 p.m. A half-hour later on the west side, police received a shooting call for the 1800 block of Rayner Avenue in Harlem Park near Harriet Tubman Elementary School. When they got there they found a blood trail and followed it around the corner to the 700 block of Monroe Street, where they found 24-year-old African-American man Kareen Hanks shot in the back. Hanks was on probation for selling drugs.

Friday, Oct. 1

8:34 p.m. John Shivers, a 42-year-old African-American man, was driving when he stopped and picked someone up near Garrison Boulevard. He drove that person to Northwest Baltimore’s Forest Park High School off Liberty Heights Avenue, where they got out of the car and went to the bleachers by the football field. Two African-American men approached and tried to rob Shivers. One of them shot Shivers in the chest and ran.

Saturday, Oct. 2

10:40 a.m. Officers received a call for a shooting in the 2200 block of Garrett Avenue in East Baltimore’s Midway neighborhood. When they arrived they found 27-year-old African-American man Thomas Ragin lying in the mouth of an alley. He had been shot numerous times.

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