Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 270 murders this year

The city has seen 270 killings. If the current pace holds we will have 339 by the end of the year.

Eight more people were murdered in Baltimore last week, including two men, one day apart, two blocks apart, who lived in another part of town within walking distance of each other. After 290 days the city has seen 270 killings. If the current pace holds we will have 339 by the end of the year.

Monday, Oct. 12

7 p.m. Markel Benson, a 20-year-old African-American man, was near the corner of Clifton Avenue and Pulaski Street, about a half-mile from Frederick Douglass High School in the Mondawmin neighborhood, when someone shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. Police are looking for witnesses.

8:10 p.m. An hour after the last murder, about three miles away in Washington Village, Avery Kelly, a 29-year-old African-American man, was on the 1100 block of Cleveland Street when someone shot him in the head more than once. He died later at a hospital. Kelly had resided on the 1700 block of Darley Avenue, police say.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

10 p.m. Terrell Jones, a 27-year-old African-American man, was on the 5000 block of Palmer Avenue when someone shot him in the head. He died soon after at a hospital. Police currently have no suspects or motives and are looking for help.

Thursday, Oct. 15

12 a.m. Terrance Johnson, a man who police did not further identify except to say that he resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was on the 6600 block of Harford Road near Valentino's Diner when someone shot him. He died soon after in a hospital.

3:45 p.m. Andre Clark Jr., a 20-year-old African-American man, was with another man on the 700 block of North Eden Street in the Lester Morton Court Apartment complex when someone shot them both multiple times in the body. The two men drove a pickup truck three blocks south and crashed on the 1200 block of Orleans Street. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident; nobody in those cars suffered injuries. Police found the injured men and got them to a hospital—Johns Hopkins was just three blocks east—but Clark died. Police say he lived on the 2800 block of North Denham Circle in Cherry Hill.

Friday, Oct. 16

3:40 p.m. One day later and two blocks north, on the 900 block of North Eden Street, Dorian Pate Jr., a 22-year-old African-American man, was gunned down. He died on the street. Pate also lived in Cherry Hill, on the 3000 block of Ascension Street, which is a 13-minute walk from where Clark resided.

4:10 p.m. A man police have not yet identified publicly was shot on the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in the Heritage Crossing neighborhood. Medics and police responded, and the man died at a hospital soon after.

Saturday, Oct. 17

7:20 p.m. Kelavin Weaver, a 32-year-old African-American man, was on the 1200 block of North Decker Avenue about seven blocks from his house when a man approached him, said something, shot him in the head "without warning," according to police, "and then fled the location." Weaver was dead. Police are looking for witnesses.

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