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Murders this Week: 6; Murders this Year: 196

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As of Monday, Nov. 19, there have been 196 murders in Baltimore City. There were 197 murders in all of 2011—the murder of 16-year-old Phylicia

Barnes was retroactively added to the 2011 numbers this year—guaranteeing that 2012 will be the first year the city’s homicide count has risen since 2009.

Monday, Nov. 12

4:24 P.M. A 28-year-old African-American man died at a city hospital. The man was stabbed in the chest in the 1800 block of Rutland Avenue in Broadway East a short time earlier. Police are waiting until the man’s family has been notified of his death to release his name.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

9:28 P.M. Three people were shot inside their home in the 2500 block of West Lafayette Avenue. Brothers Darian Horton, a 19-year-old African-American, and Allen Horton, a 27-year-old African-American, were shot multiple times. Their mother, a 48-year-old African-American, was shot in the face and hand. Allen died at 10:11 P.M. at an area hospital. His younger brother died at 5:12 A.M. the next day. Their mother is in stable condition. Police believe four or five people entered the house and shot the family.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

8:47 P.M. Christopher Briggs, an 18-year-old African-American male, was shot in an alley in the 2800 block of Fenwick Avenue near Clifton Park. He died at a local hospital less than an hour later. Briggs is the 25th teenager murdered this year.

Friday, Nov. 16

10:12 P.M. An African-American male was found dead in the 3000 block of Elgin Avenue in Walbrook. He had been shot in the chest. Police are waiting until his family has been notified of his death to release the male’s name. This is the 30th murder in the Southwestern police district. The Southwestern is currently the second most murderous district in the city. The Eastern is the first.

Saturday, Nov. 17

3:38 P.M. Police believe that Richard Gary, a 33-year-old Caucasian man, may have been involved in a drug transaction on Fairfax Road near the Windsor Hills neighborhood. While driving away, Gary was shot. He crashed his car in the 3900 block of Woodhaven Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died at 4:16 P.M. Gary is the 10th Caucasian murdered this year, that’s twice as many Caucasians as were murdered in all of 2011.

Updates:

James Berry, a 25-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Nov. 15 for the triple shooting that left Angelo Fitzgerald dead. Fitzgerald, a 23-year-old African-American man, and two other men were shot on March 19, 2011 in the 300 block of McMechen Street in Bolton Hill. Fiztgerald died, while the other two victims survived. Police believe Berry and a second, as-yet unidentified person shot the three men.

Hari Close, a 26-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty on Nov. 15 to killing his son, 1-year-old Dalyire McFadden. Close came over to the home of Dalyire’s mother, Jessica McFadden, early in the morning on Sept. 7, 2011. He removed Dalyire from her bedroom and spent the night with McFadden. Close, McFadden, and McFadden’s 6-year-old son left the house in the morning, leaving the infant alone on the bed in the master bedroom. McFadden walked her 6-year-old to school while Close walked off in the opposite direction. When McFadden returned home 10 minutes later, the baby was gone and there was a pool of blood on the bed. She called the police to report that Dalyire had been abducted. When police arrived, they found a trail of blood that led to the basement, where the baby was wrapped in a deflated air mattess. He had several stab wounds to his neck. Dalyire died at a city hospital. Close was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder.

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