Murder Ink: 6 murders this week, 284 murders this year

Six murders, including a nine-day-old boy. Baltimore is on a pace to suffer 341 murders by New Year's Day.

Six more murders are added to the rolls. One occurred two weeks ago. The victim was a 9-day-old boy. His parents were charged this week. So far this year we have had 20 fewer murders than days. Baltimore is on a pace to suffer 341 murders by New Year's Day.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

10:22 a.m. Matthew Kirsch was 9 days old when he stopped breathing in his home on the 4200 block of Groveland Avenue, in the West Arlington neighborhood. Medics got him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police responded, and the autopsy report found the cause of death as "blunt force trauma and neglect." On Oct. 30 police charged the baby's parents, Matthew Kirsch Sr., a 37-year-old Caucasian man, and Anne Kirsch, a 35-year-old Caucasian woman, with first-degree murder. The case became a homicide this week.

Monday, Oct. 26

9:50 p.m. Damien Best, a 21-year-old African-American man, was on the 5400 block of Moores Run Drive in Cedonia when someone shot him. Best died at a hospital soon after. He resided on the block where he was killed.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

5:10 p.m. Quinton Jermaine Heard Jr., a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head while on the 1500 block of Rutland Avenue in the Broadway East neighborhood. He made it to a hospital, but died that night. Heard resided on the 2300 block of Jefferson Street, about a mile south of where he was shot, police say.

8 p.m. Monard Montriel Holeman Jr., a 21-year-old African-American man, was shot in the groin while on the 4000 block of Pinkney Road in the Glen neighborhood, where he lived. He was shot while outside of his grandmother's home, The Sun reported. Medics got him to a hospital, where he died later.

Friday, Oct. 30

9:30 p.m. Anthony Rucker, a 21-year-old African-American man, was on the 700 block of East North Avenue in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood when someone shot him multiple times. Police and medics found him on the street and got him to a hospital, but he died later. Rucker lived a block away from where he was killed, on the 800 block of East North Avenue.

Saturday, Oct. 31

4:45 p.m. Dominic Walker, a 30-year-old African-American man, was on the 200 block of Spring Court in Perkins Homes when, according to police, Kenneth Bennett stabbed him in the belly. Walker died soon afterward, and police arrested Bennett, 51 years old. He is charged with first-degree murder.

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