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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 1/12/2005

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 7


The two people that were shot and killed in the 500 block of East 43rd Street on Jan. 2 have been identified: Janice Ruffin, a 41-year-old African-American woman from that block, was found behind the building, and Janerio Richardson, a 43-year-old African-American man from Johnston Square, was found inside.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

6:30 p.m. Charles Thomas Jr., a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 1400 block of Ceddox Street in Curtis Bay. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Thomas was found guilty on auto-theft charges in 2002 and had a possession of marijuana case pending at the time of his death.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

5:05 a.m. An unidentified African-American man was found dead outside the upper level of the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor. The man, who police believe was homeless, had been stabbed in the chest.

Friday, Jan. 7

4:51 p.m. Several shots rang out in the 6300 block of Boston Street in O’Donnell Heights. People in that area pointed police to the body of an unknown African-American man lying in the grass. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday, Jan. 8

7:47 a.m. Bayonna Cox, a 29-year-old African-American woman, was found shot to death in her home in the 2500 block of Francis Street near Druid Hill Park. She had been shot once in the head. Police believe the shooting may have been the result of a domestic dispute. Cox is the second woman to be murdered in 2005.

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