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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 3; Murders this Year: 72

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Two murders were added to the tally this week that occurred earlier. On April 7, a man was stabbed to death downtown while leaving his job at the Cheesecake Factory. Police also announced murder charges against a man who stabbed his girlfriend’s father on Feb. 7. That man died on March 9 from the injuries, but police had not updated the media about the death until this week.

Tuesday, April 30

At about 5:30 p.m. Dominic Hicks, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times on the 1200 block of Walters Avenue in the Woodbourne Heights neighborhood. Police found him there a few minutes later and a paramedic pronounced him dead. Hicks lived a few hundred yards away on Cochran Avenue.

Thursday, May 2

At 12:39 a.m. Eastern District police were called for a shooting on the 600 block of Cokesbury Avenue, in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. There, they found Moses Malone, a 22-year-old African-American man, shot several times. He was taken to a hospital but died soon after. Malone lived four blocks away on the 2600 block of Barclay Street.

Sunday, May 5

Just before 7 p.m., a group of people were hanging out on the 2900 block of East Monument Street when several men opened fire as they approached from Curly Street, then ran away. Three people were shot; one died the next morning at 4:15 a.m. from several gunshot wounds. The other two victims—one shot in the hand, the other in the leg—are expected to survive. Police had not released the victims’ names and said they did not know of a motive for the shooting.

Updates:

Walking from his second job at the Cheesecake Factory after work at 2:18 a.m. on April 7, Anthony Black, a 20-year-old African-American man, found two drunken Caucasian men “hitting on” his fiancée, who had come to pick him up. Black reportedly told them “that’s my girl,” setting off a verbal altercation that turned violent. He was stabbed. Police arrested Mathew Darby, 24, of Frederick, Md., that night but said the other man with him tried to defuse the situation so was not arrested, according to a Sun story. They changed their minds. On Monday, April 29, police arrested Derek Schuler, 24, of Glen Burnie on an outstanding warrant and charged him with murder.

Stanley Johnson, a 56-year-old African-American man stabbed on Feb. 7 at his home in Poppleton, died on March 9. His daughter’s boyfriend, Michael Donovan, a 36-year-old African-American man, was charged at the time with aggravated assault for stabbing him in the head and arm during an altercation with Johnson and his daughter. Johnson was taken to University Hospital, where he died more than a month later. Donovan’s charge was changed to murder.

Police arrested two men on May 1 and charged them with the murder of Mark Dukes, an African-American man who was shot on April 8 on the 300 block of South Payson Street. Arrested were two African-American men: Christopher Bell, 30, of the 2000 block of Ramsey Street, and Jeffrey Bolton, 30, of the 1700 block of Bentalou Street.

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