Murder Ink: 8 murders this week; 174 murders this year

A one-a-day pace continues—still not worse than this time last year.

Monday, July 25


9:49 p.m. Dwayne Hall, a 24-year-old African-American man, was on the 1000 block of E. Patapsco Avenue when someone shot him in the head. Medics got him to a hospital, but he died soon after. Police say he lived on the 100 block of N. Potomac Street.

11:25 p.m. Taymen Brown, a 22-year-old African-American man, was on the 1500 block of Leslie Street, the block he resided on in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, when someone shot him more than once. Brown ran a block North to Baker Street before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Tuesday, July 26

10:13 a.m. Earl Redd, a 23-year-old African-American man, was on the 2100 block of Garrison Boulevard in Mount Holly when someone shot him to death. Redd had lived across town on the 5400 block of York Road.

Thursday, July 28

3:45 a.m. Davon Harper, a 23-year-old African-American man, was on the 3000 block of Tivoly Avenue when someone shot him in the torso at least once. He died soon after his arrival at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Harper's is the fifth murder in Coldstream Homestead Montebello this year. Three years ago, a man was shot to death on the same block. Last fall, a man was killed three blocks down.

10:15 a.m. A man whose identity police have not yet released was found on the 5600 block of Govane Avenue. He had sustained several stab wounds and had been dead long enough that "decomposition had begun to set in," according to police.

10:30 p.m. Blake Hammond, a 17-year-old boy whose race police did not disclose, was on the 2400 block of Washington Boulevard in Morrell Park when someone shot him. A police officer nearby heard the shots and ran to him. Medics got him to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead. Hammond lived on the unit block of Deauville Court in Pikesville, a 20-minute car ride from where he died.


The Medical Examiner has determined that skeletal remains found on June 15 in a vacant house on the 100 block of E. North Avenue were of a 35-year-old man who died of blunt force trauma. Police released the victim's name and then rescinded the release, saying it had been premature. The time of death is unclear, but the case is added to this year's murder tally.

Delroy Peters, a 34-year-old African-American man, died on July 29 from injuries sustained in a shooting on July 23 on the 300 block of Carrollton Avenue. Peters was inside a home when intruders shot him and Eboni Thornton, 26, who died soon after. Peters' was the fourth murder in Poppleton this year, and the 36th in Baltimore during the month of July.