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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 2
Murders this Year: 133

The man found shot to death under a Jeep Wrangler in the 1900 block of North Bentalou Street on July 19 has been identified as William Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American.

After three weeks in a row with only two homicides, Baltimore City has seven fewer homicides as of Aug. 22 than at the same time last year.

Sunday, Aug. 21

1:12 a.m. Alfred Garner, a 35-year-old African-American man, was at the Ibis Bar in the 6000 block of Harford Road. He left and someone followed him outside. Once outside, that person attacked Garner with an object. Garner and his attacker fell through the front window of the business next door. While Garner was on the ground, a second person kicked him. His attackers fled and Garner was taken to an area hospital with cuts to his arms, head, and body. He died at 11:58 a.m.

10:24 p.m. That night, police found Lawrence Rollings, a 25-year-old African-American man, lying in the street at the intersection of Chase and Milton streets in East Baltimore. He had been shot multiple times in the head and body. Rollings died at an area hospital two hours later.


Gahiji Tshamba, a 37-year-old African-American man, was sentenced on Aug. 16 to 15 years in prison. Tshamba, a veteran Baltimore City Police officer, was off-duty on the night of June 5, 2010. Tshamba was standing near the Red Maple nightclub at about 1 a.m. with three female friends. Tyrone Brown, a 32-year-old African-American man, walked by with his sister and her friend and touched the rear of one of Tshamba’s companions. Brown apologized twice, but Tshamba ordered Brown to the ground. Brown, a father of two and Marine who served in Iraq, pleaded for his life but Tshamba shot him 12 times. Tshamba was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

On Aug. 17, John Wagner, a 38-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murdering Stephen Pitcairn, a 23-year-old Caucasian man. Pitcairn, a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins, was talking to his mother on his cell phone while walking home from Penn Station on July 25, 2010, at 11:52 p.m. In the 2600 block of Saint Paul Street in Charles Village, Wagner and his girlfriend Lavelva Merritt, a 25-year-old African-American woman, robbed Pitcairn. Wagner then stabbed him in the chest while Pitcairn’s mother listened on the phone. Merritt pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery on May 11. She testified for the prosecution.

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