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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 3/23/2005

Murders This week: 4
Murders This Year: 55


One homicide has been taken off the rolls for this year. The Feb. 1 death of Tavon Lawson has been ruled an accident.

Monday, March 14

9:30 p.m. Baltimore Police officers found George Smith, a 16-year-old African-American boy from the Parklane neighborhood, on the front porch of a house in the 2200 block of West North Avenue near Frederick Douglass High School. Smith had been shot in the head. Smith was the second 16-year-old to be murdered in Baltimore City in two days.


Thursday, March 17

11:55 p.m. Frederick Wheeler, a 44-year-old African-American man from Druid Heights, was walking with a friend in the 2200 block of Druid Hill Avenue when a car pulled up. Three men got out of the car and the driver stayed inside. They tried to rob Wheeler and his friend. Wheeler ran up Gold Street. His friend, who was robbed of $10, heard two gunshots. After the robbers left, he found Wheeler lying in the parking lot of the BP gas station on West North Avenue about two blocks away. He was shot in the chest. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m. on March 18.

Friday, March 18

6:50 p.m. The next day, another robbery ended in a homicide. Two men were standing in the 5700 block of Chinquapin Parkway in North Baltimore’s Glen Oaks neighborhood when two men came up to them and told them to empty their pockets. They did, but one of them asked for his stuff back. One of the robbers shot him in the chest. Police are waiting to notify the victim’s family before they release his name. This is the second homicide this year in the 5700 block of Chinquapin Parkway.


Saturday, March 19

9:30 p.m. A police officer was patrolling West Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood when he heard gunshots. When the officer got to the scene he found Charles Murel, a 34-year-old African-American man, lying face down on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of Edmondson Avenue. Murel had been shot in the head and torso.

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