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Murders this Week: 7; Murders this Year: 117

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On June 16, when Baltimore’s 100th homicide of 2013 occurred, the city was on a pace to have 220 homicides this year. Since then, 17 more homicides have been added to the count, changing the forecast to 236 murders—a marked increase from the 217 homicides that Murder Ink counted in Baltimore in 2012.

Sunday, June 23

After a man and a woman were shot in the 800 block of Whitmore Avenue in West Baltimore at 10:55 p.m., both were hospitalized in critical condition, according to police and media reports. One of them, a 28-year-old African-American man named Stanley Capers, later died of his injuries.

Tuesday, June 25

At 8:52 p.m., police received a report of a shooting in the 2900 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway near Hanlon Park. When they responded, they found Terrell Mack Eddie McLaurin, a 33-year-old African-American man, on the ground, apparently shot in the torso. Medics transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m.

Thursday, June 27

Police responding to a report of a shooting in the 1800 block of Poplar Grove Street in West Baltimore arrived at 1:12 a.m. to find three victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, one of them unresponsive. All were taken to a hospital, and two of them, who have not yet been publicly identified by police, were pronounced dead.

At 9 p.m. in the Four by Four neighborhood near Clifton Park, a large crowd gathered outdoors. The Afro, citing police sources, reported that “more than 100 people were outside” on the 3300 block of Elmora Avenue and that “kids were outside riding bikes and playing.” Suddenly, three women were shot when gunfire erupted during what police, according to The Sun, described as a “community altercation.” One of them, a 21-year-old African-American named Gennie Shird, died from her injuries.

Friday, June 28

At 5:22 a.m., police responded to the 900 block of Bennett Place in West Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood to find, according to media reports, a man fatally shot in the head and chest. Police later identified the victim as Joshua Parmer Billingley, a 26-year-old African-American man. Less than a week earlier, on June 23, 37-year-old Maurice Taylor had been murdered on the same block.

Saturday, June 29

At 3:30 a.m., police responded to 212 S. Haven St. in Highlandtown after receiving a call that one woman had been assaulted and another shot and killed there, according to court documents charging the suspect, 63-year-old Caucasian man Lukasz Szkiluk, with the murder of his wife, 37-year-old Caucasian Karolina Derezinska Szkiluk. The allegedly assaulted witness, according to the court documents (which do not provide the woman’s name), had gone to the house the evening before, after being summoned there by Lukasz Szkiluk, who then brandished a gun as he bound her to a bed. After hearing someone else enter the house and then hearing a “pop,” the witness said Lukasz Szkiluk unbound her and showed her the body of Karolina Szkiluk, in a chair and apparently dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. The witness said Lukasz Szkiluk then bound her to the bed again and, after he had left the house, she chewed through the ropes and called 911. A medic pronounced Karolina Szkiluk dead at 3:51 a.m.

Updates

Police have identified the man killed on June 23 in the 5200 block of St. Charles Avenue as 53-year-old Claude Nelson.

Homicide detectives have arrested and charged Tavon Hammond, a 28-year-old African-American man, for the May 25 murder of Blake Harris, a 24-year-old African-American man, in the 4500 block of Marble Hall Road.

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