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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 2; Murders this Year: 182

Murders this Week: 2

Murders this Year: 182

With just two homicides this week, Baltimore City had 16 fewer homicides as of Nov. 21 than at the same time last year, putting the city on pace for a record low 203 homicides by the end of the year.

The woman shot in the head in her home in the 2600 block of Kentucky Avenue on Nov. 11 has been identified as Lakeisha Player, a 26-year-old African-American.

Monday, Nov. 14

9:25 a.m. Police were called to the intersection of Moreland Avenue and Presbury Street near Coppin State University. A 32-year-old African-American man was lying in the intersection; he had been shot numerous times and died at an area hospital less than an hour later. Police are waiting until the man’s family has been notified of his death to release his name.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

10:55 p.m. Gregory McFadden, a 25-year-old African-American man, was discovered in the 700 block of North Carrollton Avenue in Harlem Park. He had been riddled with bullets, in the head and legs and throughout his body. He was taken to an area hospital where he died at 11:58 p.m. Witnesses saw two suspects run into a house in the block and then run back out and get into a dark-colored minivan. Police questioned people in the house but no one identified the suspects.


Davon Booth Jr.’s homicide has been closed by exception. The 1-year-old African-American baby was brought to a city hospital unresponsive on Aug. 8, where he died. His death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner, but, according to police, the State’s Attorney’s Office has declined to bring charges against the parents.

The homicide of Earl Brown, a 36-year-old African-American man, has also been closed by exception. Brown was shot in the head in the 2200 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill on Sept. 23, 1999. He died from complications from the shooting on Oct. 7 of this year. Tyrone Arrington, a 35-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Nov. 17, 2000, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. According to the police, Arrington’s expected release date is June 2017.

Anthony Brown, a 26-year-old African-American man, got into a car chase with the Warrant Apprehension Task Force on Oct. 18. Police pursued Brown down the 700 block of South Central Avenue in the Harbor East neighborhood. Brown bailed out of his car and was arrested and charged with the murder of Louis Ingram, a 24-year-old African-American man. Ingram was shot to death in the 1800 block of North Port Street on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 26, Timothy Kittrell, a 29-year-old African-American man, was charged with the double shooting that left Isaiah Roane, a 29-year-old African-American man, dead. Roane and another man were shot in the 3500 block of Dolfield Avenue on Sept. 7. Roane died 13 days later. The other man survived.

Antwon Lee, a 19-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Nov. 8 for the murder of Marquis Jones, a 19-year-old African-American man. Jones was shot repeatedly in the 2200 block of Aiken Street on Oct. 16.

On Nov. 15, Johnny Butler, a 36-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to two life sentences and an additional 10 years for murdering Sintia Mesa, a 25-year-old Hispanic woman. Butler was arguing with Mesa’s boyfriend over $50,000 he felt the man owed him. Butler abducted Mesa on Jan. 26, 2007, while she was on the way to a salon, hoping she could lead him to the place where her boyfriend hid the money. Mesa’s body was found naked in the trunk of a parked car three days later. She had been sexually assaulted and asphyxiated. Calvin Wright, a 39-year-old African-American man, was also charged in connection with Mesa’s death. Wright pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder on Sept. 27, 2011; he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, which will be served after he completes at 35-year federal sentence for conspiracy to sell narcotics.

Michael Wiggins, a 28-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 17. Wiggins was convicted of murdering Darius Ray, a 20-year-old African-American Marine stationed in Washington, D.C. Ray was celebrating his birthday at a party in the 6900 block of McClean Boulevard on Jan. 23, 2010. A group of uninvited men, including Wiggins, entered the party. The group was asked to leave and started a fight while being escorted out. The group left but returned a short time later. Wiggins stabbed Ray in the chest, killing him. Another guest was also stabbed but survived. Vernon Beverly, a 23-year-old African-American man who was initially identified by police as Vernon Hadley, and Nicholas Woodward, a 29-year-old African-American man, were also charged in connection with this incident. Beverly pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to two years in prison. Woodward pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and has not yet been sentenced.

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