Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 42 murders this year

Two murders and two homicide arrests this week.

Baltimore's homicide rate slowed appreciably despite nice weather. City police continued to arrest a lot of people carrying guns. They also arrested a man who they say murdered Raykwon Young last August, and another man who they charged with murdering Michael Smith last May.

Thursday, March 10

11:15 p.m. Darius Bruce, a 20-year-old African-American man, was on the 700 block of Fillmore Street in Better Waverly, when someone shot him and another man in the head and neck. Bruce died. The other man was listed in critical condition.

Saturday, March 12

6:45 p.m. Jamar Kelly, a 22-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of East Chase Street and North Patterson Park Avenue, in the Middle East neighborhood about 1.3 miles from where he lived, when someone shot him multiple times. Medics got him to a hospital, but he died.


The man who was shot to death on the 500 block of Orchard Street on March 6 was Deangelo Cypress, a 19-year-old African-American man, who lived on the 6000 block of Walther Avenue. Police are seeking information.

Police arrested two people and charged them with unrelated murders last week. On March 4 agents and police from multiple jurisdictions arrested Aaron Bryant, 25, of the 2600 block of Hampden Avenue. He is charged with the August 20, 2015 murder of Raykwon Young, a 20-year-old African-American man, on the 2700 block of Huntingdon Avenue. On March 10, Western District police arrested Fred (AKA Frank) Whiting III, age 38, of the 1800 block of Walbrook Avenue, and charged him with first degree murder in the May 19, 2015 shooting death of Michael Smith, a 42-year-old African-American man who was shot multiple times, along with a 49-year-old woman who survived.

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