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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 6
Murders this Year: 70

The three men murdered April 24 have been identified. The man shot to death in the 4700 block of Sayer Avenue was Isaac Stevens, a 37-year-old African-American. The men found shot and killed in a car in the 4200 block of Rokeby Road were Steven White, a 29-year-old African-American, and Damon Griffin, a 25-year-old African-American.

Monday, April 25

11:05 p.m. Police were flagged down in the 1800 block of North Bentalou Street near Coppin State University because someone had been shot. The victim had been shot multiple times, at least once in the neck, inside a home in the block but managed to get onto the porch to seek help. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Police are waiting until his family has been notified to release his name.

Tuesday, April 26

10:22 p.m. Jason Willis, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the 3600 block of Fifth Street in Brooklyn. He died at an area hospital at 10:53 p.m. This is the second murder in Brooklyn this year.

Wednesday, April 27

9:49 a.m. The Baltimore Fire Department was putting out a fire in a vacant house in the unit block of South Monroe Street, just a few blocks from Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. In the basement of the house, firefighters found Elmore Rembert, a 49-year-old African-American man, under a pile of debris. The fire started near his body. An autopsy revealed that Rembert had been asphyxiated. He would have turned 50 the next day.

3:01 p.m. A few blocks from where Rembert was found, Kareem Randall, a 28-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times in the 100 block of North Calhoun Street alongside Franklin Square Park. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later.

Thursday, April 28

1:52 p.m. Alex Venable, a 26-year-old African-American man, and two African-American men in their early 20s were in the 1900 block of North Collington Avenue south of Clifton Park. Two African-American men in their early 20s entered the north side of the block. One was wearing a dark-colored shirt and jeans. The other had short hair and was wearing a gray or light-colored jacket. The two men started shooting at Venable and the others who were with him. All three were struck. The two unnamed men survived. Venable was shot several times in the head and body and died at an area hospital.

Friday, April 29

6:38 a.m. The body of an unidentified man was found underneath of a car in the 1700 block of Lombard Street a block north of Fells Point. The man had been stabbed and beaten and was dead. He was the 70th homicide victim this year. As of Monday, May 2, there were 14 more murders this year than at the same time in 2010.

Update

On April 27, Robert Lee Murphy, a 24-year-old African-American man, was convicted of first-degree murder, handgun, and robbery charges. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Murphy called three cab companies in Frederick on Jan. 25, 2009, trying to get a ride to Baltimore. All three companies turned him down because he was only able to pay $50 for the trip. Murphy then called a company and requested a cab for a trip to a local convenience store. Stephen Mauk, a 47-year-old Caucasian man, was dispatched and picked Murphy up at 12:18 a.m. on Jan. 26. About four hours later, Mauk was discovered in his cab in the 200 block of North Bond Street near Johns Hopkins Hospital shot in the head. This was Murphy’s second trial for the homicide. At the first trial in July 2010, jurors could not agree and a mistrial was declared.

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