Murder Ink

Murder Ink: The past three weeks of homicides in Baltimore

Because of vacation and a holiday, this week's Murder Ink covers three weeks from May 30 through June 19. The first two were quiet weeks, by Baltimore standards, with several murder-free days. Last year by this date there had been 129 murders, 31 fewer than this year. Young people continue to commit...

  • Murder Ink 5/31/17: 8 murders this week, 143 murders this year

    Murder Ink 5/31/17: 8 murders this week, 143 murders this year

    For seven weeks running, Baltimore has averaged more than one murder per day. By the 149th day of the year, the city had notched 143 homicides, a rate of killing that is unprecedented in the city’s history. Chicago, with more than four times Baltimore’s population, had 246 as of the same day. It...

  • Murder Ink 5/24/17: 8 murders this week; 135 murders this year

    Murder Ink 5/24/17: 8 murders this week; 135 murders this year

    From Friday through dawn on Monday on Preakness Weekend, three people were murdered in Baltimore, six others shot non-fatally, and four people were arrested with handguns. By the weekend's end, Baltimore had tallied 36 homicides more than last year on this date. On May 22, a group calling itself...

  • Murder Ink 5/17/17: 9 murders this week, 127 murders this year

    Murder Ink 5/17/17: 9 murders this week, 127 murders this year

    One of this week's victims was a 17-year-old girl who was shot when someone fired into a crowd. Baltimore had 32 fewer murders by this date last year, and 32 fewer in 2015 as well, a year that ended with a record 344 homicides. Baltimore has never had a year with 400 murders. If nothing changes,...

  • Murder Ink 5/10/17: 10 murders this week, 118 murders this year

    Murder Ink 5/10/17: 10 murders this week, 118 murders this year

    Five people were killed on Saturday, May 6 alone this week. There were 37 murders in the previous 30 days, pushing the city's rate to nearly one murder each day. Police made several arrests and seized some guns from men in cars and on the street, but the killing rate accelerates as the weather...

  • Murder Ink 5/3/17: 7 murders this week, 108 murders this year

    Murder Ink 5/3/17: 7 murders this week, 108 murders this year

    Another evil weekend followed a relatively calm week, with six murders from Friday morning through Sunday night. The citys murder rate so far this year has far surpassed all records. Last year at this time there were 87. Two years ago, 75, and that year ended with 344. The good news: Federal prosecutors...

  • Murder Ink 4/25/17: 7 murders this week, 101 murder this year

    Murder Ink 4/25/17: 7 murders this week, 101 murder this year

    Police made arrests in two homicides this week, including a man who detectives tracked to Vernon, Connecticut. Besides the seven homicides, Kim Doreen Chase, 52, who city police took into custody on April 9 on a Calvert County warrant, died on April 20 at St. Agnes Hospital. She suffered an illness...

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