Murder Ink: Murders this week: 9, Murders this year: 216

RIP: Riley Powell, Aaron Moore, Timothy J. King, Jawaun Pritchett, Darren Nicholson, Derrick Walker

Nine more homicides were added to the roster since last Wednesday afternoon, including a 3-year-old boy. Most of these cases resulted from injuries inflicted before last week. There were 32 murders recorded in the past month, and Baltimore is still slightly behind last year’s record killing pace, when there were 233 homicides reported as of Sept. 11. Police also announced several arrests for murder and attempted murder.

Thursday, Sept. 1 

6:25 a.m. Riley Powell, a 3-year-old boy, was taken unresponsive to University of Maryland Pediatrics. His mother, Dominique, at first told police that they had been attacked by strangers while walking on Janice Avenue, but later recanted and said her boyfriend, Charles Shelton, age 22, had beaten them both. Police arrested Shelton. On Sept. 4, Powell died, and Shelton was charged with homicide. Shelton turned 23 in jail this week.

Friday, Sept. 2

1:30 p.m. Aaron Moore, a 23-year-old African-American man, was at the Stop and Buy (formerly Olive Tree) store at 4662 York Road when someone shot him in the neck. Police and medics found him there. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he lingered in critical condition, and died on Sept. 6.

8:50 p.m. Timothy J. King, a 32-year-old African-American man, was on the 1900 block of Clifton Avenue in Mondawmin when someone shot him in the head. Police and medics found him there. He died the next day at a hospital. King had resided on the 7800 block of Selgrave Drive, and worked as a truck driver for Mercer Transportation, driving his own truck.

Monday, Sept. 5

2 a.m. Two women and a man were shot on the 700 block of Mura Street in Johnston Square; Jawaun Pritchett, a 25-year-old African-American man, died on Sept. 8 from gunshot wounds to the neck and body. A 23-year-old woman, also shot in the nect, was listed in critical condition, while a 20-year-old woman was grazed in the arm. Pritchett had lived on the 1200 block of Greenmount Street.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 

Police announced the homicide of Darren Nicholson, a 27-year-old African-American man. On July 3 at 1:30 a.m. police found Nicholson on the 3200 block of Brendon Avenue, in Belair-Edison, suffering from an apparent skull fracture. Nicholson died on July 11. The medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide by blunt force trauma. Nicholson had lived on the 2800 block of Mayfield Avenue, walking distance from where he was killed.

10:42 p.m. Derrick Walker, a 28-year-old African-American man, was on the 2200 block of Oliver Street where he lived, when both he and a 20-year-old women were shot. The woman was hit in the shoulder. Walker was shot in the chest and died.

Thursday, Sept. 8 

3:50 a.m. A woman whose name and age police have not yet made public was in a secluded area behind the 3900 block of Dolfield Avenue when she was beaten and strangled. Police called to break up a fight found her there, with her alleged assailant. She died at a hospital soon after. Police arrested Elias Josael Jimenes Avarado, 21 years old, and charged him with murder. Police said at a press conference announcing his arrest that he is a suspect in the murder, the week before, of Annquinette Dates, a 48-year-old African-American woman on the 3700 block of Bancroft Road. 

12:40 p.m. Anthony Marshall, a 34-year-old African-American man, was in a vacant apartment on the 4400 block of Plainfield Avenue, in Frankford. He was shot in the head and body. A police officer found him there after the landlord approached him on the street, where the officer had stopped a motorist. The landlord wanted the officer to investigate a possible break-in of the vacant, and the officer found Marshall, dying. Police say Marshall lived on the block.

Friday, Sept. 9 

2:04 a.m. Dameon Rone, a 41-year-old African-American man, was on the 1800 block of East 29th Street, where he lived, when someone stabbed him in the back. Someone flagged down a passing patrol officer and pointed him to Rone, who was taken to a hospital but died soon after.

UPDATES: 

Murder Ink missed a homicide in May, and has added it to our online database. On May 12, James Neal, a 56-year-old African-American man was on the 4200 block of Willshire Avenue when someone stabbed him to death. The event was ruled a homicide on May 26. City Paper regrets the error. 

The man killed on the 2300 block of Wilkens Avenue on Sept. 4 was Andre Washington, a 29-year-old African-American man.

Police announced that they arrested Randy Demks, age 19, and charged him with the April 7 shooting murder of Antowan Baker, 33, on the 2100 block of W. Pratt Street. City Paper was not immediately able to find the court record online. 


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