EDITOR'S NOTE: The "Updates" section of this dated Murder Ink column was mistakenly omitted from the March 7 issue of City Paper. We've added it at the bottom of this post.
Murders the Week of March 7: 5; Murders to Date: 26Monday, Feb. 27
10:32 p.m. Matthew Carr, a 22-year-old African-American man, called 911 because his daughter was not breathing. When medics arrived at his home in the 3400 block of Calloway Avenue, they found his daughter Mya Carr, a 5-year-old African-American girl, with visible trauma to her body. She was taken to an area hospital where they discovered that she had broken ribs, a fractured face, and bruises all over her body. She died at 11:41 p.m. Matthew Carr allegedly confessed to beating his daughter with his hands when he became angry because she had a bowel movement on herself. He was charged with her murder.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
9:01 p.m. Someone in the 4500 block of Windsor Mill Road in Gwynns Falls park saw a man lying on the ground and called 911, reporting that the man had been hit by a car. EMTs found Oswaldo Santana, a 24-year-old African-American man, who had actually been shot numerous times in the head and chest. He died at a local hospital a half-hour later.
Sunday, March 4
2:28 a.m. Terrence Joyner, a 42-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest in the 4500 block of Marble Hall Road in New Northwood. He died at an area hospital at 3:09 a.m.
5:49 p.m. Family and friends of Monae Turnage, a 13-year-old African-American girl, found her body in the backyard of a property in the 1600 block of Darley Park and called 911. The night before, Turnage went skating with some friends. When she didn’t return to her home in the 2300 block of Sinclair Lane, her family reported her missing. Her family and friends then started looking for her, eventually finding her dead under garbage bags filled with construction debris. She had been shot in the upper left chest. Turnage is the second child murdered this week.
11:31 p.m. Tyrice Forney, a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the 400 block of Oxford Court a block from the State Center metro station. He died at an area hospital a half-hour later. This is the first time this year that three people were murdered in a single day.
The murder of Joseph Curtis has been closed by exception. On Sept. 18, 2006, Curtis, a Caucasian man who was 37 at the time, was severely beaten in an alley in the 500 block of Brunswick Street. Curtis died on May 28, 2011, as a result of the injuries sustained during the attack. Marvin Henry, an African-American man who was 19 at the time, and Triston Rice, an African-American man who was 18 at the time, were arrested that day for attempting to kill Curtis. Henry pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2007. Rice was convicted on assault charges and received 25 years in prison. Demario Henry, an African-American man who was 17 at the time, also pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in 2007 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. A fourth defendant’s case was remanded to the juvenile courts. According to police, no further charges are being brought in this case.
Tyrone Hamber, 24-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Feb. 24. Hamber pleaded guilty in October to child abuse resulting in the death of his 2-year-old daughter, whose name has been listed variously as Melody, Melony, and Melonie Hamber. Melody had been staying with her father for two weeks on April 17, 2010, when she let the dogs in the house against her father’s wishes. He then beat her with a leather belt he called his “whipping belt” until she lost consciousness. The beating was so severe chunks of flesh were ripped from her body. At the hospital, evidence was found of old injuries as well.
On Feb. 27, Eric Phillips, a 23-year-old Caucasian man, pleaded guilty to robbing Antonio Miranda, a 43-year-old Hispanic man, and stabbing him to death. Phillips attacked Miranda with a brick and robbed him in the 3800 block of South Hanover Street on April 11, 2011. Afterward, Phillips stabbed Miranda 12 times in the head, chest, and lungs, and cut him 70 times in the arms and hands. There was also trauma to Miranda’s face. Phillips was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder.
Dante Parrish, a 37-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of murdering and raping a teenage boy on March 1. Police found the body of Jason Mattison Jr., a 15-year-old African-American male, stuffed in the closet of a home in the 2400 block of Llewelyn Avenue on Nov. 10, 2009. According to The Baltimore Sun, Mattison was a high school sophomore with aspirations of being a doctor. He was staying with his great aunt after being kicked out of his home because he was gay. On the night of his death, his great aunt and another adult in the house took heroin and passed out. A 13-year-old girl in the house heard Mattison scream and woke the great aunt. She found Parrish and Mattison in a room together with Mattison’s pants pulled down. Parrish told the aunt to leave the room; she did and fell back asleep. Parrish then gagged Mattison with a pillow, slit his throat, and stuffed him in the closet. Mattison would have graduated from high school this year.
Also on March 1, James Sutton, a 25-year-old African-American man, was arrested for the murder of Thomas Atkins Jr., a 32-year-old African-American man. Atkins was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and chest in the 400 block of North Kenwood Avenue on Feb. 25.