Murders this Week: 3; Murders this Year: 204
Published: December 5, 2012
Monday, Nov. 26
2:11 P.M. Police were called to a home in the 300 block of East 22nd Street in Barclay because a child in the home was not breathing. When they arrived, they were met by Dion Ware, a 20-year-old African-American. He told police that he had been watching his 7-week-old son, Kearri Ware. He said that he checked on the baby several times and that he was lying on his back and moving. At some point, Dion Ware said he turned his son over on his stomach. Later he said he heard his son making strange noises and having trouble breathing. He told police that he picked the baby up and tried to do CPR. Kearri was taken to a city hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:06 P.M. The hospital found numerous injuries to the baby’s face and chest and several fractured ribs, some of which appeared to have occurred prior to this incident. The baby’s death was ruled a homicide and Dion Ware was arrested the day after his son’s death and charged with child abuse, second-degree murder, and related crimes.
Saturday, Dec. 1
1:32 A.M. James Vincent, a 55-year-old African-American man, was stabbed in the neck in the 400 block of North Duncan Street. He ran several blocks to the intersection of Washington and Monument streets, where he collapsed. He died at a nearby hospital 20 minutes later.
Sunday, Dec. 2
11:30 A.M. A second small child was murdered this week. Police received another call for a child not breathing at a home in the 1400 block of Broening Highway. When they arrived, they found Paris Russell, a 2-year-old African-American boy, and his mother in the basement of the home. The boy had been stabbed to death. His mother had a laceration to her throat. She was taken to a hospital and is in critical condition. Police consider the mother to be the main suspect in the case, but she has not yet been charged. Eleven minors have been murdered so far this year; four in the last two weeks.
The murder of Shawn Brown, a 40-year-old African-American man, has been removed from the homicide roll. His death has been reclassified as justified. Police in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s Office determined that Brown’s ex-girlfriend stabbed him in self-defense.
The 16-year-old shot to the death in the 2200 block of Barclay Street, around the corner from where Kearri Ware was killed, has been identified as Daqwon Artis, an African-American male.
Demetrius Arrington, 32-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Nov. 28 for the murder of Jeffrey Purnell, a 51-year-old African-American man. Arrington got into the passenger seat of Purnell’s car in the 5700 block of Eastbury Avenue on Jan. 30, 2011. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Arrington was there to buy marijuana from Purnell. Arrington shot Purnell in the right side of his head three times and then got out of the car, walked to the driver’s side, and shot him once more in the left side of the head. He then searched the car for drugs.
On Nov. 29, Marcus Stachell, a 35-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murdering Javon Perry, a 27-year-old African-American man. Satchell went to Perry’s home on July 17, 2010 to pick Perry up. Satchell then drove Perry to the 3800 block of Park Heights Avenue. The two got into a fight there and Satchell shot Perry four times, striking him in the back of the neck once. Three months later, Satchell wrote a letter to Perry’s family from prison, admitting to the murder and apologizing to them. However, at trial, Satchell claimed Perry’s death was either accidental or self-defense.
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