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Murders this Week: 4; Murders this Year: 170

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The names of several homicide victims have been released. The man shot in the 1800 block of Mosher Street on Sept. 25 was Will Edmondson, a 35-year-old African-American man. The woman shot repeatedly in the 200 block of Reedbird Avenue on Sept. 27 was Queren Thomas, a 35-year-old African-American woman from Prince George’s County. Elliot Lee, a 28-year-old African-American man, was the person shot in the head in the 600 block of North Belnord Avenue on Sept. 30.

Monday, Oct. 1

11:28 P.M. A male was asleep in bed in his home in the 2800 block of Quantico Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. He heard a sound outside his bedroom and footsteps on the stairs. He went downstairs and looked outside but didn’t see anyone. He then went upstairs to the master bedroom and found that Sean Melton Sr., a 43-year-old African-American man who was related to the man and also lived there, had been shot. The man called 911. Melton was taken to a city hospital, where he died just before midnight. The basement door of the home was open and had signs of damage, but there was no indication of a struggle or ransacking.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

8:55 P.M. Dimitri Staten, a 37-year-old African-American man, was found lying face down on the ground in the 1800 block of West Lanvale Street. He had been standing by the corner of West Lanvale Street and Kirby Lane in Harlem Park when he was shot several times. Staten died at an area hospital at 11:31 P.M.

9:04 P.M. Nine minutes later and about five blocks away, Randy Owens, a 19-year-old Caucasian man, was visiting a friend in the 200 block of North Fulton Avenue. He left the residence, telling his friend he would be right back. Seconds after he left, people inside the residence heard gunshots. Owens had been shot in the chest and managed to make his way back up the stairs to the home, where someone helped him inside and called 911. Owens died at a local hospital less than an hour later.

Sunday, Oct. 7

9:58 P.M. An adult female was shot in the head in the 6200 block of Fairlawn Avenue near Reisterstown Road Plaza shopping center. She died before she could be taken to a hospital. Police have not yet been able to identify the woman.


Kentrell Brown, an 18-year-old African-American male, was arrested on Sept. 29 for the murder of Queren Thomas, a 35-year-old African-American woman who worked for a sedan service. Thomas was shot in the 200 block of Reedbird Avenue in Cherry Hill on Sept. 27, after picking someone up in the 900 block of Coppin Court. Brown’s last known address was in Abingdon but, according to The Baltimore Sun, his mother lived in the 900 block of Coppin Court.

Sherrell Ferguson, a 31-year-old African-American woman, was arrested on Sept. 20 for the murder of Eric Pendergrass, a 26-year-old African-American man. Pendergrass’s body was found wrapped in a blanket, floating in the Patapsco River by the Hanover Street Bridge on Feb. 9, 2009. His death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation. Pendergrass’ girlfriend reported that he had been abducted on Feb. 1. She received a call from an agitated Pendergrass early that morning, instructing her to get a bag of money out of his closet and bring it to his mother’s house. She did, but he never came. Ferguson has been charged with extortion, kidnapping, murder, and other charges in connection with Pendergrass’ death. Two other suspects, Darryl Nichols and Donta Vaughn, who are currently in federal prison, will also be charged for their involvement in the murder, according to police.

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