Murder Ink: 10 murders this week, 125 murders this year

This week Baltimore police subtracted a murder from May’s count, saying that the May 7 killing on the 800 block of West Lexington Street of Armand Parrine was justified. That changes May’s count to 42, rendering that month the most deadly in 25 years, not 42, as previously reported. There followed eight murders and an additional 13 shootings in the first week of June. There were also two deaths—an infant and a nursing-home resident—that occurred in May but are counted in June’s homicide tally because of the date of the autopsy’s cause-of-death determination. That means that, depending on how you count, May could have been the deadliest May for homicides in more than 45 years, illustrating the arbitrary nature of these counts. There was also a police shooting of an armed suspect on Eleanora Avenue, and another dirtbike-on-pedestrian accident, this one leaving a 5-year-old boy critically injured.

Monday, June 1

An autopsy found that Jerod Richardson, a 68-year-old African-American man who died May 29 following a May 17 encounter with a fellow nursing-home resident, was murdered. Police were called to the home on the 2500 block of West Belvedere Avenue in the Levindale neighborhood and found Richardson with a head injury. He was taken to a hospital, where he died nearly two weeks later.

Tuesday, June 2

12:29 a.m. A man whose name police have not yet made public was shot in the head while on the 4100 block of Grenton Avenue, in the Wilson Heights neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. A medic pronounced him dead at the scene. Police are seeking witnesses.
2:04 a.m. An hour and a half later, police found another man shot multiple times on the 400 block of Gold Street, in the Druid Heights neighborhood of West Baltimore. The man died soon after at a hospital, and police have not yet released his name either.
5:34 p.m. Half a day later and three and a half miles away, two men, aged 48 and 28, who police have still not identified publicly, were shot on the 500 block of Edgewood Street. That is in the Allendale neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore. The 48-year-old was shot in the back and later died at a hospital. “A suspect description and motive is not available at this time,” police said in an email.
10:58 p.m. With just an hour to go on June 2, the day’s fourth murder occurred on the 5200 block of Eugene Avenue, in the Waltherson neighborhood back in the northeast district, about 11 blocks from the site of the day’s first murder. Police found a man—his name has not yet been made public—with multiple gunshots to his body. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
An autopsy report released June 2 determined that a 2-year-old boy was killed on May 7 on the 3300 block of Mondawmin Avenue. On that day, police were called for a person not breathing and found fire department medics administering CPR to the boy, whose name they have not yet released publicly. The boy died at a hospital.

Saturday, June 6

1:23 p.m. Police called to the 500 block of Dolphin Street found Malcolm Alonzo Rodgers, a 38-year-old African-American man, dead inside the house. He had “trauma to his body,” the police said.

Sunday, June 7

4:53 a.m. A 22-year-old man who police have not identified publicly was walking in a parking lot on the 5200 block of Park Heights Avenue near Pimlico when someone shot him multiple times and ran off, police say.
6:35 a.m. Police and firefighters were called to a house burning on the 6100 block of Eastern Parkway, in the Westfield neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. They found a dead girl inside, who they later identified as 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers. Investigators believe she was killed before the fire was set.
4:50 p.m. Police called to the 2200 block of Annapolis Road found Ronnie Walden, a 21-year-old African-American man, shot in the back. He died soon after at a hospital.


On June 1 police announced they had arrested Michael Corprew, a 40-year-old African-American man, and charged him with the May 29 murder of Eladio Bennett. Corprew was jailed pending trial on murder, assault, and weapons charges.