Murder Ink 5/20/15

City Paper

The carnage continues. Because police have become sporadic in notifying City Paper of homicides, we have missed a couple over the past several weeks. They are included in the “update” section below but are not counted in the “this week” tally, as they should have been tallied previously. The “this year” count includes them both, even though only one of them happened this year. That is because of a quirk in the counting system the police use, which counts homicides when the department gets cause-of-death notification from the state medical examiner. This week’s count was assembled from a combination of police, other media, and funeral home and court sources.

Sunday, April 19

7 a.m. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, succumbed to injuries sustained during an arrest on the morning of April 12 on the 1000 block of North Mount Street. The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and, on May 1, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged all six police who were involved in the arrest with criminal violations of law. The police department received the cause-of-death notification from the state medical examiner via the State’s Attorney’s Office last week, so the murder has been added to the “this week” and “this year” tallies.

Monday, May 11

1:30 p.m. Louis Hicks, a 33-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head while on the 3400 block of Clifton Avenue. He died soon after. Court records put Hicks’ home address on the 3900 block of 8th Street.

Thursday, May 14

9:15 a.m. Tahili Yasin, a 39-year-old African-American man, was shot in the face on the 2100 block of Edmondson Avenue. Someone flagged down a police officer, who called in medics and got him to a hospital, but Yasin died. He had resided on the 3800 block of Woodlea Avenue, according to court records.

1:32 p.m. A man and a woman were shot to death inside a house on the 1900 block of East 31st Street in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood. The Baltimore Sun identified them as Tiffany Chisholm, a 30-year-old African-American woman, and Shawn Scott, a 30-year-old African-American man.

Friday, May 15

8:07 p.m. Eric Diggs Jr., a 23-year-old African-American man, was on the 2500 block of Edgecomb Circle North, in the Parklane neighborhood, when someone shot him multiple times. He died at a hospital a half-hour later.

10:24 p.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot in the head while on the 2400 block of East Hoffman Street in the Broadway East neighborhood and died there.

Sunday, May 17

2:40 p.m. A man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot to death on the 1700 block of North Carey Street, in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

4:40 p.m. Two hours later and two miles south, in the Hollins Market area, another man who police have yet not identified by name was shot in the head on the 1100 block of Lemmon Street.


On April 24 at about 9 p.m. Tierell Wilder, a 24-year-old African-American man, was inside a house on the 4100 block of West Rogers Avenue when someone shot him multiple times. He died there.

Police and The Sun added Felicity Shelton, a 30-year-old African-American woman, to the city’s homicide tally on March 23. Shelton died on Oct. 5, 2014 from complications arising from a shooting on August 28, 2000 on the 700 block of West Lexington Street. Two people were shot that day. Shelton, who was 16 at the time, was paralyzed. The case remains unsolved. The Sun reports that the state medical examiner informed the police of this homicide only recently, so Shelton’s death is added to this year’s tally.

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