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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 172

Monday, Oct. 24

12:57 a.m. Edward Bradley, a 38-year-old African-American man, was in the 2200 block of Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill when someone started shooting at him. He tried to run but was hit numerous times and collapsed. He died at an area hospital at 1:35 a.m.

5:10 p.m. That evening, a 15-year-old boy came home from school to find his house in the 900 block of East 41st Street ransacked. He called a family friend, who came over and found the boy’s mother in basement, unresponsive. Medics arrived and pronounced Sherry Montgomery-Cantey, a 43-year-old African-American woman, dead at 5:31 p.m. She died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Montgomery-Cantey is the 12th female murdered this year.

Thursday, Oct. 27

10:10 p.m. A man was at home in the 1200 block of Braddish Avenue in West Baltimore when he heard two gunshots. A short time later a woman knocked on his door and told him to call the police because someone had been shot. Shyekee Wilson, an 18-year-old African-American man, was lying in the street. He had been shot several times in the head and died before he could be taken to a hospital.

11:25 p.m. A little over an hour later, Eddie Nance, a 53-year-old African-American man, was drinking in his apartment in the 600 block of George Street in Heritage Crossing with friends. Two men entered and started arguing with Nance. According to police, the argument was about money and drugs. The argument escalated and Nance was assaulted. At some point during the fight, one of the men went into the kitchen, got a knife, and stabbed Nance. He died at an area hospital at 12:32 a.m. on Oct. 28. Leroy Smith, a 21-year-old African-American man, was arrested the day Nance died and charged with his murder. This is the 14th murder in the Central police district this year. Four of those murders took place in October. There were 12 murders in the Central district in all of 2010.


Dajuan Marshall, a 29-year-old African-American man, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and participation in a criminal street gang resulting in death on Oct. 24. Kenneth Jones, a 26-year-old African-American man, was at the Inner Harbor by Custom House and Water Street on June 8, 2008, when Marshall and another man forced Jones into the trunk of a car at gunpoint. Jones was discovered lying in the 4500 block of Bonner Road almost an hour later, dead from numerous close-range gunshots to the head. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Jones was killed because he was the leader of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods, known as the PDL, a rival to Marshall’s Bounty Hunter Bloods. This is Marshall’s second trial. His Aug. 9, 2010, conviction was thrown out due to juror misconduct—a juror looked up Marshall’s criminal record. Kedar Anderson, a 25-year-old African-American man, was also indicted for the crime on Feb. 4, 2009, but has yet to stand trial.

On Oct. 25, Maurice Evans, a 18-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for the murder of Shonte Ellis, a 27-year-old African-American woman. Ellis was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Clubhouse bar in the 4200 block of Erdman Avenue with a friend on July 25, 2009. Evans walked up to the car and shot Ellis 16 times, hitting her in the left side, arm, neck, and face. Evans was 16 at the time of the shooting.

Police arrested James Johnson, an 18-year-old African-American man, on Oct. 27. Johnson has been charged with robbing and murdering Milton Hill, a 70-year-old African-American man. Hill was found shot dead in an alley off the 1200 block of East North Avenue on July 30, 2010.

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