Homicides mount, pushing Baltimore to second highest total in city history

Baltimore police identified recent homicide victims, including two from a downtown stabbing.

Another round of homicides over the weekend in Baltimore — and the death of a student stabbed last month in a school classroom — pushed the total number of killings this year to 336, the second-highest total on record.

Given that the city has many fewer residents now than in the 1990s, this year's toll already represents the highest per-capita homicide rate in Baltimore history. The city hit that mark last month.

The only year with more homicide deaths was 1993, when there were 353 killings but also about 100,000 more residents.

The latest list of victims provided by Baltimore police includes two men stabbed to death downtown — the first killings in the downtown area this year — as well as a 1-year-old who was killed Dec. 16.

Police identified Antwan Turner, 19, and Brandon Holland, 28, as the two men stabbed to death early Sunday in the 300 block of N. Calvert St. They identified the 1-year-old boy as Brandon Washington of the 700 block of E. 23rd St., and announced they had arrested Timothy Dunbar, 23, of the same address and charged him with second-degree murder in the boy's death.

According to a statement of charges, Dunbar — who was watching Washington — told police that Washington had fallen down the stairs. However, an autopsy revealed that Washington's injuries, which included a fractured skull and bruising on his forehead and stomach, were inconsistent with a fall down the stairs, and the medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide.

In addition to second-degree murder, Dunbar is charged with first-degree child abuse, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

Also among the latest victims is Ananias Jolley, 17, who was stabbed in a classroom at Renaissance Academy on Nov. 24 and died Sunday night. Another student, Donte Crawford, 17, was arrested the day of the stabbing with what appeared to be blood on his clothes, police said. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Investigators are working with the state's attorney's office on additional charges, police said.

Police also identified Gina Kirchner, 48, of the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway as the victim of a killing on Dec. 17. Police have charged Terrence L. Jenkins, 49, of Essex, in Kirchner's killing and the killing of another woman, Shelly Fillion, 47, in Baltimore County last week.

Police also identified two other victims: Leroy Sweets, 41, was shot in the 2400 block of W. Fayette St. on Friday; and Timothy Anderson, 30, was found shot in the head in the 1100 block of N. Carrollton Ave. on Sunday.

The city's per-capita homicide rate now is 54 per 100,000 residents, the highest ever. In 1993, the rate was 48.8 per 100,000 residents.

With its 336th homicide of the year, Baltimore surpassed the total in 1992, when there were 335 killings.

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