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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 5
Murders this Year: 115

The man stabbed to death during a fight at the intersection of Fayette and North Charles streets last week has been identified. He was Tremon Fields, a 25-year-old African-American.

This column continues to count one more homicide for 2011 than the Baltimore Police Department. The BPD still has not accounted for the discrepancy. According to the police count, there have been four more murders as of July 18 than at the same time last year, and five more by Murder Ink’s count. Homicide rates in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia are both down. D.C. boasts a nearly 12 percent reduction while Philadelphia’s rate is down by 20 percent.

Tuesday, July 12

10:08 p.m. Jawan Weeden, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot several times in an alley in the 1800 block of North Pulaski Street just off North Avenue. He died at an area hospital at 1:33 a.m. the next day.

Thursday, July 14

5:34 p.m. Omar Richardson, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot numerous times in the head and body in the 2100 block of Homewood Avenue in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. He died before he could be taken to a hospital. Richardson turned 24 the day before he was killed.

Friday, July 15

1:53 p.m. David McKoy, a 29-year-old African-American man, was standing near the intersection of North Franklintown Road and West Baltimore Street in the middle of the afternoon when a man approached him and opened fire. McKoy was shot repeatedly and died at an area hospital at 2:20 p.m.

Saturday, July 16

1:32 a.m. Rodney Johnson, a 30-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the street in the 800 block of North Bond Street. He had been shot multiple times and died at an area hospital less than an hour later. This is the second murder in the Gay Street neighborhood in six days, and the third this year. The neighborhood is three blocks by five blocks.

Sunday, July 17

5:51 a.m. Rasheed Abdullah, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot to death in the 1200 block of North Ward Street. This is the sixth murder in Pigtown this year. After this week, Pigtown and East Baltimore Midway are tied as the most murderous neighborhoods in the city.


James Fortune, a 36-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murder and attempted murder on July 14. On Jan. 24, 2008, Fortune shot Sidney Millner, a 25-year-old African-American man, and another male in a liquor store in the 1100 block of North Stricker Street. Millner was shot three times in the back and once in the head and died. The second victim was shot in the neck and survived but was paralyzed from the neck down.

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