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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 1
Murders this Year: 71

The names of two Hispanic men murdered last month in separate incidents have been released. Donis Lopez, 26, was shot repeatedly in the 500 block of North Decker Street on April 16, and 21-year-old Gilberto Gonzalez was stabbed to death in the 1700 block of East Lombard Street just north of Fells Point on April 29. Next of kin has still not been notified in the fatal shooting on April 25 in the 1800 block of North Bentalou Street.

After 15 murders in two weeks, there was only one homicide this week, and the death stemmed from an earlier incident.

Monday, May 2

3:04 p.m. Darian Kess, a 27-year-old African-American man and former champion high school wrestler, died after being stabbed in a home invasion. Kess was at home in the 1200 block of Linworth Avenue in New Northwood on April 27th at 11:35 p.m. Kess had two female visitors. He went outside, and when he returned, he was followed into the home by three men with handguns. The gunmen demanded that Kess and the women lie on the floor. The intruders robbed them, and one of men stabbed Kess in the neck. The women were not injured. Kess was taken to an area hospital where he died six days later.


Police made arrests in three murders on April 29. Freddie Curry, a 39-year-old African-American man, was arrested on April 29 for the Jan. 28 murder of Raynard Benjamin, a 30-year-old African-American man. Benjamin was shot after exiting a location in the 800 block of West Pratt Street near the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Anthony Johnston, a 29-year-old African-American man, and Chadonna Chase, a 23-year-old African-American woman, were arrested for the fatal stabbing of Steven Williams, a 53-year-old African-American man. Williams was stabbed repeatedly in the 1100 block of West Cross Street on Feb. 15. And James Cureton, a 21-year-old African-American man, was arrested for the murder of Tanise Ervin, a 19-year-old African-American woman. Ervin was at a deli at the corner of Gorsuch Avenue and Independence Street in Better Waverly on March 12 with two men. Cureton allegedly shot at them as they were leaving the deli. All three were shot. The men survived but Ervin, who was shot in the back, died.

On May 4, the Baltimore City Police Department and the Maryland State Police announced that the death of Phylicia Barnes, a 16-year-old African-American female, has been ruled a homicide. Barnes, a high school student from North Carolina, was visiting her half sister in Baltimore when she disappeared on Dec. 28, 2010. Her body was found by the Susquehanna River’s Conowingo Dam on April 20. According to a joint statement by state and city police, the cause of Barnes’ death is not being released because doing so would “jeopardize the investigation by revealing information known only to the person or persons responsible for her death.” Barnes’ murder is not being added to the Baltimore City homicide rolls.

On May 5, Timothy Crockett, a 26-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murders of Djuan Anderson and Darrius Harris. Crockett received nearly 10 additional years because he was on probation at the time of the incident. Crockett shot the two 17-year-old African-American males in the head on June 12, 2008, in a park in West Baltimore. Crockett’s co-defendant Davon Johnson—also known as Davon Marshall—a 20-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on April 18.

Cleaven Williams Jr., a 35-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life plus three years on May 6 for murdering his wife in front of a Baltimore City courthouse. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years according to The Baltimore Sun. Veronica Williams, a 29-year-old African-American woman, took out a protective order against her husband in November 2008. She had made several domestic violence complaints against him over the previous three years. Both Veronica Williams and Cleaven Williams went to the Eastside District Courthouse on Nov. 17, 2008, for a hearing on the protective order. Cleaven tried to force Veronica into his car in the parking lot of a drugstore across the street from the courthouse. She resisted, and he stabbed her in the neck. An off-duty police officer shot Cleaven Williams to stop the attack. He survived, but Veronica died three days later. Cleaven claimed he killed her in self-defense.

Daniel Sullivan, a 30-year-old African-American man, was arrested on May 6 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Keenya Jordan, a 32-year-old African-American woman. Jordan got peace orders against Sullivan in 2009 and 2010, and Sullivan was on probation for assaulting Jordan a few days before Christmas at the time of the murder. According to the Sun, Sullivan proposed to Jordan and she refused him. He allegedly said, “If I can’t have you, I’m going to kill you and then kill myself.” Sullivan allegedly shot her outside of her home in the 600 block of Lennox Street in Reservoir Hill on April 6. He then allegedly left the scene only to come back and shoot her two more times in the head.

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