Murder Ink

City Paper

This Week: 9
This Year: 175

Eleven Baltimoreans were slain in the first 11 days of October. Two more victims whose murders stem from violence that occurred years ago but who died recently from injuries sustained back then also count in this year’s totals. Last year by this date Baltimore had tallied 178 murders.

Monday, Oct. 6

10:23 p.m. Claudia Parodi, a 40-year-old Caucasian woman, was found stabbed to death inside her apartment on the 700 block of South Bond Street. A friend had called police after not hearing from Parodi for several days. Parodi worked for years as a waitress at Pazo, the upscale Fells Point restaurant. Police say she was in a relationship with Juan Morales, a 29-year-old Hispanic man who worked as a waiter in another restaurant and is also known as Jose Lopez. On Friday they released Morales’s photo and said he was a “wanted fugitive.” Baltimore police were looking for Morales in San Antonio, Texas.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

1:27 a.m. A man and a woman were shot to death inside their home on the 5200 block of Denmore Avenue in the Arlington neighborhood. Police found Loressa Rose Little, a 43-year-old African-American woman, and Leroy Agnew, a 60-year-old African-American man, after a call for “suspicious activity.” The front door of the house was open. Citing Angela Agnew, the victims’ daughter, The Sun reported that the victims’ 5-year-old son was placed in protective custody. In January two men were shot on the same block and one of them, Derrill Crawley, a 25-year-old African-American man, died. Police charged Avery Little, then age 20, with that murder and that case is still pending. It is unclear from public records whether the man charged in the previous murder is related to the female victim in this one.

Thursday, Oct. 9

1:31 p.m. Kevin Maurice Jowers, a 49-year-old African-American man, was stabbed to death on the 1700 block of West North Avenue. A bystander flagged down a police officer who tried to breathe life into the dying man, but Jowers was stabbed multiple times in the neck, shoulder, and back and was pronounced dead on the street. Police say Jowers met an ex-girlfriend there often to drink alcohol, and the ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend found out. On Oct. 13 they arrested the boyfriend, Michael Hamilton, a 46-year-old African-American man, and charged him with the murder. He is held without bail.

Friday, Oct. 10

4:55 p.m. William Jacobs, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times on the 1500 block of Traction Street, less than a quarter mile from where the stabbing occurred the day before.

10:14 p.m. Police were called to a hospital after a man arrived with a gunshot wound. Reginald Bailey, a 45-year-old African-American man, later died. Police say he was shot on the 5600 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, and he lived on the 2600 block of Perring Manor Road.

Saturday, Oct. 11

8:53 p.m. Andre Nicholas, a 28-year-old African-American man, was in his friend Jermaine Jackson’s basement on the morning of Oct. 11 when Jackson’s mother left the house. When she came back, police say, Jackson, who is also 28 and African-American, told her to get her important papers because they had to leave the house. Jackson’s mother walked partway down the stairs, saw Nicholas’s body wrapped in plastic, and asked her son what happened. According to the police department’s application to charge Jackson, he “stated he choked and stabbed [Nicholas] because the victim wanted him to do something he didn’t want to do.” The woman called police, who charged Jackson with first-degree murder. He is held without bail.

Two murders are added to this year’s database stemming from years-old assaults. On Aug. 2, 1993 Donald Gillums, then a 37-year-old African-American man, was shot on the 3000 block of North Hilton Street during what police say was a robbery. Gillums died on Aug. 14, 2014 due to complications from the gunshot wounds, and so his death is classified as a homicide in 2014. Kevin Lamar Coley was convicted of attempted murder and is still incarcerated, according to police.

On Jan. 18, 2008, Damaud Bykeen Martin, a 4-year-old African-American boy, was found nonresponsive by police who were called to his home at 2718 Hugo Ave. Police arrested his mother, Tamekia Martin, who was then 27, on charges of child abuse and reckless endangerment. Court records indicate that she received a sentence of probation. On July 2, 2014, Damaud Bykeen Martin died. His death was ruled a homicide.


Police arrested Prince Rogers, a 35-year-old African-American man, for the Nov. 1, 2010 murder of Andrew Joyce, a 23-year-old Caucasian man. Police found Joyce slumped behind the driver’s seat of his tow truck on the 500 block of West Mosher Street around 2:30 a.m. that morning. Rogers is held without bail.

 Police announced that the person they had questioned in the drive-by shooting death of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, who was killed by a stray bullet on Aug. 1 while on her front porch, was no longer a person of interest. “The course of the investigation is shifting and we have substantial leads that we are continuing to follow up on,” the police said in an emailed statement. Warren Brown, a prominent defense lawyer, asked his colleagues to ask their clients for tips they could pass to the police. Homicide investigators maintain an anonymous hotline for such tips at (410) 396-2100.

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