A man who was shot 16 years ago and died late in 2012 was added to the homicide tally for 2013 as a result of the lengthy deliberative process the medical examiner uses to determine whether a death is a homicide. A young father allegedly beat to death his 2-year-old son living with his grandmother in Sandtown-Winchester, and Baltimore once again reached the 100-murder milestone.
On Oct. 20, 1997, Keith Spriggs, an African-American boy a month and five days shy of his 16th birthday, was walking in the 2600 block of Spelman Road when he heard gunfire and felt pain in his back as he fell. He told police who arrived later that he could not feel his right leg. He was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma. On Dec. 1, 2012 Spriggs died of injuries. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide in May of this year. Police notified the press last week.
Sunday, June 9
10:01 p.m. Brandon Stroud, a 27-year-old African-American man, was in the Douglas Homes project at 100 N. Bond St. when someone shot him in the head. Someone heard the shots and called police, who found him and got him to Hopkins, where he was pronounced dead on June 10.
Monday, June 10
Police called to a hospital at 9:10 a.m. met a social worker who told them about a 2-year-old African-American boy who had just been pronounced dead. According to his grandmother, at 5:30 a.m. Marlo McFadden had fallen out of the bottom bunk bed that he shared with two other grandchildren on the 1600 block of Mountmor Court in Sandtown-Winchester. But the child's injuries were not consistent with that story. On June 12 police arrested the boy's father, Damond Stansburry, 21, and charged him with murder and child abuse.
Saturday, June 15
4:18 p.m. On a sunny afternoon, near where Riggs Avenue crosses Bentalou Street, an African-American man who police had not yet identified as of press time was shot in the head. Multiple 911 calls came in. Police found the man on the street and got him to Shock Trauma. He died at 5 p.m.
11:19 p.m. Less than 2 miles away from the last murder, Jamal Diggs, a 33-year-old African-American man, was on the unit block of North Rosedale Street when he got into an altercation with one or more other people. He was stabbed and cut on his right forearm and right leg. Police found him bleeding in the street and got him to Shock Trauma. Diggs died less than an hour later, just after midnight on June 16.