Murder Ink: 11 murders this week; 149 murders this year

Because of deadlines associated with the Fourth of July holiday, this week's Murder Ink covers July 1 through July 11. Along with two pedestrians killed by drivers (neither of which is considered a homicide) and one body found floating in the water, for which the autopsy is pending, 11 people were murdered during these 11 days. Last year as of this date 164 people had been murdered.

Friday, July 1


3:16 p.m. Davon Robinson, an African-American man who had turned 31 less than two weeks ago, was at or near his home on the 800 block of Kevin Road when someone shot him multiple times. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Sunday, July 3

4:05 p.m. Dontay Hughes, a 39-year-old African-American man, was near the 2200 block of Poplar Grove Street in the Walbrook neighborhood when someone shot him in the chest. Police found him there, but they think he was shot somewhere else and ran there. Medics took Hughes to a hospital, where he died.

Tuesday, July 5

12:39 a.m. Lawrence Roebuck, a 24-year-old African-American man, was on the 300 block of Herring Court in the Perkins Homes complex when someone shot him in the head and torso. Police found him there with a large group of people surrounding his dead body. Police have no witnesses to the shooting. Roebuck lived on the 1500 block of Lester Morton Court, about a mile up off of Caroline Street.

12:55 a.m. Travis Powell, a 28-year-old African-American man, was on the 600 block of Laurens Street in Upton when someone shot him in the upper body. A 26-year-old woman who was with him was shot in the foot. Powell died at a hospital; the woman is expected to survive.

Wednesday, July 6

7:45 p.m. Trayvon Lee, a 24-year-old African-American man, was on the 2300 block of Anoka Avenue when someone shot him to death. Lee, who served as the late rapper Lor Scoota's manager, resided on the block. Police said they did not know if Lee's murder was related to that of Scoota, AKA Tyriece Watson, who was killed in his car on June 25.

10:03 p.m. Thomas Chambers, a 29-year-old African-American man, was on the 100 block of N. Payson Street when someone shot him in the head and torso. Police were called for fireworks and found a crowd surrounding the dying man. Medics pronounced him dead on the street.

Friday, July 8

9:30 a.m. Police officers responded to the 1200 block of E. Fayette Street and found William Primus, a 64-year-old African-American man, dead with "trauma to his body." An autopsy later found the cause of death was homicide by stabbing.

11:00 p.m. Molly Macauley, a 59-year-old Caucasian woman, was walking her dogs near her home on the 600 block of W. University Parkway when someone stabbed her. She died soon after at a hospital. Police believe she was "outside in the block" when she was attacked. Hers was the first murder in Roland Park in more than 10 years.

Sunday, July 10

1:15 a.m. Jermaine Scofield, a 24-year-old African-American man, was on the 1800 block of W. North Avenue when someone shot him multiple times. Police and medics responded; Scofield died soon after at a hospital. He had resided on the 900 block of Ramsay Street.


6:05 a.m. Tevin Haygood, a 19-year-old African-American man, was on the 900 block of N. Calhoun Street with another man when someone shot them both. Haygood was hit in the body, and he died. The other man was shot in the stomach and is expected to live. This was the fourth murder this year in Sandtown-Winchester.

6:30 a.m. A man who police have not yet identified was on the 600 block of E. Patapsco Avenue when someone shot him. He died on the street.


On July 7 a police warrant squad arrested William Moore, a 26-year-old African-American man, in the 800 block of Mt. Holly Street. Moore was charged with first-degree murder in the April 22 shooting death of Nathan Walker, Jr. on the 3400 block of Reisterstown Road. Moore was held without bail pending an August 2 hearing.

Correction: Because of a spreadsheet error, an earlier version of this story got the murder count total incorrect. The total as of July 11 was 148, not 150. Removed from this year's list is Szki Wright, a 4-year-old African-American girl who was added to the count on March 16, after her mother, Brittany Montgomery, was charged in her death. The case should not be considered a murder because the charge is manslaughter.

Correction to the correction: We should not have removed Szki Wright from the murder count. The count has been corrected—again—to reflect this.