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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 3
Murders this Year: 162

Tuesday, Sept. 28

7:19 a.m. Police found a woman lying in the street in the 1900 block of McKean Avenue in Mondawmin. She had been stabbed and was dead. Her identity has not been released pending notification of her next of kin.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

8:10 p.m. Ardrey Murphy, a 28-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the hallway of an apartment building in the 5500 block of Bowleys Lane in Northeast Baltimore. He died at an area hospital a half hour later.

Thursday, Sept. 30

7:54 p.m. A 34-year-old African-American man was standing in the 800 block of West Lexington Street eating fast food. While he was eating, someone came up and shot him in the head. He died at a nearby hospital at 8:24 p.m.; his identity has not been released pending notification of his next of kin. This is the fifth murder in Poppleton, a four-block-by-five-block neighborhood, this year.


Oscar Skinner III, a 19-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty on Sept. 21 to the murder of David Reese, an 18-year-old African-American man. Reese was stabbed in the chest on Aug. 1, 2009, during an argument near Lexington Market. The attack was caught on CitiWatch camera. Skinner was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

On Sept. 27, police arrested Vincent Clark, a 24-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Richard Lawson, also a 24-year-old African-American man. Lawson was shot on the steps of his home in the 2900 block of Chelsea Terrace on Dec. 14, 2007.

Datwan Ramsey, a 25-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to two life sentences plus 20 years in prison on Sept. 28. Three men were in the Yau Brothers Chinese carryout at Greenmount Avenue and 29th Street on March 17, 2009. Ramsey and an unidentified person walked into the carryout and opened fire. Adrian Martise, a 24-year-old African-American man, and Anthony Bailey, a 20-year-old African-American man, died as a result of the shooting. A 21-year-old survived. The shooting is believed to have been part of a battle over drug territory.

Isaiah Crowfer, a 19-year-old African-American man, was indicted by the Baltimore City Grand Jury on Sept. 28 for the murder of Isaiah Gordon, a 20-year-old African-American man. Gordon was shot repeatedly in the 400 block of East Chase Street on Aug. 15 of this year. Also on the 28th, the grand jury indicted Monta York, a 20-year-old African-American man. York allegedly shot and killed Jarrod Covel, a 20-year-old African-American man, on Aug. 6 in the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, York is also being charged with attempted murder for a shooting in the 3100 block of Belair Road on Aug. 26, in which a 17-year-old female was hit by bullets that came through the front door of a home in the block.

On Sept. 29, Tyrone Burris, a 23-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life plus 19 years in prison.  A member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, Burris killed Hubert Dickerson Jr., a 32-year-old African-American man, on Feb. 21, 2009, because he believed Dickerson owed the gang money. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, however, Dickerson may not have been the person who owed the debt to BGF. Dickerson was leaving a club in the 2500 block of West Baltimore Street when he was shot and killed.

Damien Davis, an 18-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murder and other charges on Sept. 29. Paris Richardson, a 21-year-old African-American man, went to a carryout in the 2500 block of East Hoffman Street on May 5, 2008. While he was there, Davis and another man came in and started shooting. Richardson was shot in the head and died. Davis’ co-defendant Darius Duppins, a 20-year-old African-American man, has not yet been tried.

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