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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 7
Murders this Year: 45

Tuesday, March 29

8:39 a.m. Gregory Davenport, a 27-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in a home in the 1000 block of Edmondson Avenue. He died before he could be taken to a hospital.

2:34 p.m. Durrell Roach, a 31-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head and body in the parking lot of the Parkside Shopping Center in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday. He died at an area hospital at 2:55 p.m.

4:31 p.m. Two hours after Roach was shot, Jhoma Blackwell, an 18-year-old African-American woman, was found stabbed to death inside her home in the 2600 block of Huntingdon Avenue in Remington. Blackwell was stabbed numerous times in the head, body, and limbs. She is the second biological woman murdered this year.

Wednesday, March 30

2:35 p.m. Another man was shot to death in a parking lot on a weekday afternoon. Murrell Hearns Jr., a 31-year-old African-American man, was shot in the back of the head and leg in the parking lot of Tony’s Grill in the 700 block of Washington Boulevard. Hearns died at an area hospital at 6:45 p.m. This is the third murder in Pigtown in two months. The last time the neighborhood saw three homicides in an entire year was 2007.

Thursday, March 31

2:33 p.m. Tyrone Slay, a 31-year-old African-American man, was accosted by several people in the 6000 block of Moravia Park Drive. He was shot and died at an area hospital at 2:37 p.m. This is the second murder in Frankford this week.

6:10 p.m. Antonio Jones, a 25-year-old African-American man, was found lying face down at the intersection of Winchester and Carey streets. He had been shot several times in the head. Jones died at an area hospital later that evening.

Saturday, April 2

1 a.m. Four people were stabbed inside Bourbon Street nightclub in the 300 block of Guilford Avenue. Three African-American men in their 20s were injured but survived. Charles Johnson, a 24-year-old African-American man, was stabbed in the leg and died at an area hospital less than an hour later. This is the first time this year there were as many homicide victims as days in the week.


On March 28, Patricia Tucker, a 52-year-old African-American woman, was arrested for the murder of Reginald Wragg, a 46-year-old African-American man. Tucker and Wragg allegedly got into an argument in a home in the 2100 block of Barclay Street. During the argument, Tucker allegedly stabbed Wragg to death and then called her son Gavin Jenkins, a 22-year-old African-American man, to help her move the body outside. Tucker has been charged with murder and Jenkins has been charged as an accessory to the crime.

Also on March 28, Taron Melvin, a 28-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Shaun Williams, a 28-year-old African-American man. (Williams’ name was originally released by police as Shawn.) Police discovered Williams shot in the leg in the 3200 block of Lyndale Avenue on Aug. 26, 2009. They found a trail of blood leading to a home in the 3200 block of Elmley Avenue. Melvin was inside with a gunshot wound to the foot that was self-inflicted. Antonio Patterson, a 29-year-old African-American man, was also arrested for the murder but was acquitted on Jan. 11.

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