Murder Ink: 5 murders this week, 173 murders this year

Baltimore saw five murders this week, a relative lull

The pace of killing slowed noticeably this week as only five people lost their lives to violence. It probably says a lot about the current state of the city that a 250-murders-a-year pace feels like relief. There were also 13 shootings, and a police officer was stabbed in the face and neck while responding to a domestic dispute. Police revealed the names of six recent homicide victims shortly after last week's Murder Ink deadline. One of them was shot on July 11 and was reported on July 14 to have died.

Saturday, July 11

8:37 p.m. Dante Barnes, a 39-year-old African-American man, was near his home on the 2600 block of Boone Street when he was shot in the head. He died some time later at a hospital. Police made his name public on July 14. They charged Adam Laquan Melvin, 39, of the 6600 block of Vincent Lane, with first-degree murder.

Wednesday, July 15

1:12 a.m. Four young men were shot on the 3500 block of West Garrison Avenue in Central Park Heights, and all walked in to a hospital, where police found them. Terron Singleton, a 16-year-old African-American boy, was shot in the chest and died. The three other victims' injuries were not life threatening. A 19-year-old man was hit in the hand, a 21-year-old was hit in the arm, and a 22-year-old had a graze wound to his head, police said.

5:24 p.m. Damon Tisdale, a 33-year-old African-American man, was on the first block of North Carey Street when someone shot him in the head. Police found him there; he died soon after at a hospital.

11:19 p.m. Delvin Trusty, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times in the upper body, arm, and leg while on the 6000 block of Belle Vista Avenue in the Glenham-Belford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. He was taken to a hospital where he died soon after.

Sunday, July 19

9:30 p.m. A man died on the 1100 block of North Longwood Street after he was shot in the chest and hip. Police have not yet released the man's name or age.


Police announced arrests in four murders last week; three are recent murders, and the fourth was from nearly a year ago. In addition to Adam Laquan Melvin, who was charged in Dante Barnes' murder, Randy Jones, 25, of the 1500 block of Gleneagle Road, was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal July 7 stabbing of Antonio Anderson Jr. in the 1500 block of Sherwood Avenue. Prosecutors charged Brandon Payton, 21, of the 3100 block of Gwynn Falls Road, with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting on June 12 of Steven Bass in the 2200 block of North Fulton Avenue. Police said Payton was able to get close to Bass by dressing in a dark summer hat, a multicolored blouse, and light blue capri pants, and carrying a purse, according to a piece in The Sun. Payton then allegedly chased Bass through traffic until Bass tripped, and fired four shots into him while standing over him. William Warren, 26, of the 2400 block of East Lafayette Avenue, was charged for the shooting murder on Sept. 6, 2014, of Kevin Bass in the 2000 block of Cecil Avenue.

Police also identified by name and age the victims of six recent murders. In addition to Barnes (above), they identified Ronald Davon Penn, a 30-year-old African-American man, who was shot to death on the 3400 block of Cardenas Avenue on July 13. Penn resided on the 3200 block of Ramona Avenue, police said. Steven Justin Lewis, a 31-year-old African-American man, was killed on the 3400 block of Chesterfield Avenue on July 12. He resided on the 3300 block of Ramona Avenue, police said. One of the two people killed on the 2400 block of East Eager Street on July 12 was Frederick Samuel Taylor, a 32-year-old African-American man who lived on the 800 block of East Eager Street, police said. The African-American man killed on the 1800 block of East Federal Street on July 12 was Marvin Coston Jr., 28 years old. He lived on the block. James Ricardo Smith, a 38-year-old African-American man, was the homicide victim on the 4300 block of East Wabash Avenue on July 11. His last known address was on the 2800 block of Boarman Avenue. Originally his age was listed by police incorrectly as 18

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