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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/2/2005

Murders This Week: 5
Murders this year: 31

According to the Baltimore Police Department, with 31 murders in as many days this has been the most homicide-heavy January since 1991.

Sunday, Jan. 23

12:28 p.m. Responding to a call about a woman not breathing, police officers went to the Charles apartment building in the 3300 block of North Charles Street across the street from the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. There they found Linda Trinh, a 21-year-old Asian-American woman from Silver Spring, dead. She had been asphyxiated. Her death was ruled a homicide the next day.

Thursday, Jan. 27

5 p.m. Eric Pinkney, a 19-year-old African-American man, died at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital from complications from an earlier shooting. Pinkney was shot repeatedly in the head and body on Aug. 15, 2002, in the 1500 block of Retreat Street in the Penn North neighborhood near Druid Hill Park. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and then transferred to Levindale. He never recovered. He was 17 years old at the time he was shot.

Saturday, Jan. 29

1:15 a.m. A fight erupted at a birthday party at the Pleasant View Multi-Purpose Center in the 200 block of Aisquith Street in East Baltimore. The fight moved outside and two men were shot in the head. The police found one man in the driverís seat of a white Kia that had jumped the curb and the other lying in the middle of the street. Both men were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The man in the car survived; the man in the street was pronounced dead half an hour later. As of press time, police had not yet been able to identify the victim who died.

1:40 a.m. Less than 30 minutes later, on the other side of town, Theodore Burrell, a 21-year-old African-American man, was at a party at the Uptown Club in Midtown Edmondson. A short time after he left the club, a man came into the Uptown and told one of Burrellís friends that Burrell had been shot half a block away in the 1900 block of Lauretta Avenue. The friend ran to the spot and found Burrell bleeding from several gunshot wounds to the torso. He put Burrell in a car and drove him to Shock Trauma, but Burrell was pronounced dead at about 2 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 30

9:10 p.m. Police officers found Exxon Turner, an 18-year-old African-American man, lying in the middle of the street in the 1800 block of Ruxton Avenue near Coppin State College. He had been shot in the head. He was taken to Shock Trauma and pronounced dead just after midnight. Turner is one of at least 17 people to be shot in head and killed this year.

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