Murder Ink: 4 murders this week, 6 murders this year

Murder Ink: Despite three separate murders on Jan. 7, the pace of killings appears to have slowed, slightly

Despite three separate murders on Jan. 7, the pace of killings appears to have slowed, slightly. Here's hoping it slows further.

Thursday, Jan. 7

4:21 p.m. James Dankins, a 28-year-old African-American man, was on the 1100 block of West Saratoga Street in Poppleton when someone shot him. Medics got him to a hospital, but he died soon after that. Dankins lived about five miles away on the 4100 block of Parkside Drive, according to police.

7 p.m. Tavon Lee, a 25-year-old African-American man, was on the 300 block of East Lanvale Street, in the Greenmount West neighborhood about a block from his home on Pittman Place, when someone shot him in the back. Police and medics responded, but Lee died shortly after midnight at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Detectives "have no information as to why this murder occurred," according to police, and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

7:30 p.m. Brian Tabb, a 24-year-old African-American man, was with another person in a car on the 5900 block of Winthrope Avenue, near his home in the Glenham-Belford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, when someone shot him and the other person. Tabb died soon after at a hospital.

Saturday, Jan. 9

9:10 p.m. Robert Ponsi, a 29-year-old Caucasian man, was riding his bike home from work on the 3300 block of Old York Road in Waverly when several people robbed and stabbed him. He died in a hospital at 3:51 a.m. On Sunday police arrested Daquan Middleton, age 16 and Antwan Eldridge, 17, and charged both with murder and armed robbery. They were held without bail. Police say they are looking for other suspects.

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