Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 116 this year

City Paper

Eight murders in the last week, including two double homicides, means May ended with 43 homicides recorded in Baltimore City, the most in a month since 1972. Demonstrators rallied in support of the police department at City Hall, while Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan announced that, in the wake of charges against six cops for the murder of Freddie Gray, his officers fear jail more than being shot. The number of arrests citywide dropped by about half last month, according to statistics obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The number of shootings more than doubled compared to May 2014. There have been 219 nonfatal shootings this year.

Monday, May 25

12:13 a.m. A man who police have not yet identified by name was shot in the back of the head while on the 500 block of East 21st Street, in the East Baltimore/Midway neighborhood. Police were called for a cutting and found the man, who was at first hospitalized in critical condition but died a day later.

Thursday, May 28

8:19 a.m. Jennifer Jeffrey-Browne, a 31-year-old African-American woman, and her 7-year-old son, Kester “Tony” Browne, were shot to death in their home on the 100 block of Upmanor Road in the Uplands neighborhood. Both were shot in the head and were dead when police got there. Neighbors told news outlets that Jeffrey-Browne was a quiet person who had recently married a man who is incarcerated. Kester Browne was in second grade at Baltimore International Academy. He was learning to speak Chinese.

Friday, May 29

4:28 p.m. Eladio Bennett, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot in the chest while on the 4000 block of West Belvedere Avenue in the Langston Hughes neighborhood. Police were already in the area and found him before a call came in about the shooting. Bennett was taken to a hospital, where he died. His last known address, according to police, was on the 3300 block of Spaulding Avenue, about an eight-minute walk from where he fell.

8:43 p.m. Justin Mensuphu-Bey, a 23-year-old African-American man, was on the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard when someone shot him in the underarm. Police found him soon after, but Mensuphu-Bey died soon afterward in a hospital. He resided on the 1100 block of Sargeant Street. Court records indicate that he was less than a week into a sentence of probation from a drug case.

Sunday, May 31

1:15 a.m. Kevin Hart Jr., a 31-year-old African-American man, and Ronnie Thomas III, a 22-year-old African-American man, were on the 2000 block of Belair Road when someone shot them both in the head and body. Medics and police arrived and got the men to a hospital, but both died.

11:12 a.m. Ten hours later and three blocks away, Terrell Patterson, a 35-year-old African-American man, was on the 1900 block of Collington Avenue when he and another man were shot in the back. Patterson died. The other man walked into a nearby hospital. As always, police are asking witnesses to step forward.

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