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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/20/2005

Murders this week: 4
Murders this year: 71

Monday, April 11

12:25 a.m. Calvin Squirrell, a 25-year-old African-American man, was standing with several people in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood when a vehicle with tinted windows pulled up. A man got out and started shooting at him. Squirrell ran to the back alley of the 1800 block of Westwood Avenue but was shot in the head, back, and legs. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was pronounced dead half an hour later. Squirrell lived a block away from where he died.

Tuesday, April 12

12:24 a.m. Twenty-four hours later and less than a mile away, Sonti Hayes, a 30-year-old African-American man, was in the 500 block of McMechen Street in Upton when a person came up to him and shot him in the head and right leg. Hayes was taken to Shock Trauma and listed in critical condition, but he died several hours later.

12:40 a.m. Fifteen minutes after that, police officers found Steven Kaham, a 40-year-old African-American man, lying on the rear steps of a building in the 2800 block of Presbury Street in West Baltimore. Kaham had been in the rear of the block with two other men when one of them pulled a semiautomatic from his pocket and shot Kaham in the chest. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Shock Trauma. This is the third homicide this year in the Northwest Community Action neighborhood. The neighborhood is approximately 24 square blocks.

Thursday, April 14

6:30 a.m. A police officer was flagged down by two men who had found a woman lying in a pool of blood in Clifton Park. Amber Boothe-Lowe, a 26-year-old Caucasian woman, and a 44-year-old African-American man had been robbed and abducted earlier from a motel in the 6400 block of Pulaski Highway. Boothe-Lowe was shot in the head in the 5100 block of Goodnow Road in Frankford before being left in Clifton Park. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was also shot, but he survived. Boothe-Lowe was the second person found shot to death in Clifton Park this year.

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