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Baltimore police charge three teens with murder after fatal shooting of Israeli man

Baltimore police have charged three teenagers with first-degree murder, alleging that they were involved in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old Israeli man in Northwest Baltimore last month.

William Clinton III, 18, and a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old are being held without bail, police said.

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Police said video footage and physical evidence led them to Clinton and the two minors.

Efraim Gordon was fatally shot multiple times May 3 in the 3700 block of Fords Lane in what police said appeared to be a robbery. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

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On the same day, police say, Clinton also stole a vehicle. He is charged with theft and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to online court records.

An attorney for Clinton is not listed.

Gordon had traveled from Israel to Baltimore for a week’s visit to attend his cousin’s wedding. When he was shot in the Glen neighborhood, he was walking back to his aunt and uncle’s house, Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer previously said.

Law enforcement and “the cooperation of the community ... made these arrests possible,“ Schleifer wrote in a Facebook post after police announced the arrests.

“Countless people” came forward with information and doorbell camera footage, Schleifer said in an interview.

But “the only way to drive down crime is to clear cases” and prosecute violent repeat offenders, Schleifer said.

Clinton was also charged with armed robbery and armed carjacking in two separate incidents in 2019. Court records show the cases were remanded to Juvenile Court.

Gordon’s family raised $61,000 to return Gordon’s body to Israel and to offer a $30,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

In an update on the fundraising campaign page, organizers said Gordon “has been buried respectfully.”

“No family should be forced to endure the insufferable pain of losing a loved one to gun violence,” Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement.

“As this family continues to heal, I remain committed to working with [Police Commissioner Michael Harrison] to build a safer Baltimore and finally put a halt to the long legacy of gun violence that plagues our city,” Scott said.

The city has seen 141 homicides so far this year, police say. Seven more people have been killed than at this time last year, according to police data.

Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.

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