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'97 beating victim dies; Chesterfield victim identified

A man who was suffered brain damage after being struck with a brick in 1997 died over the summer and has been added to Baltimore's list of open homicide cases, while police identified the man fatally shot on Chesterfield Avenue on Sunday night. 

Those killings are in addition to a fatal shooting in Sandtown Winchester and Patterson Park.

Kwame Stern, 22, was the man shot in the 3000 block of Chesterfield Ave., just days after a "solidarity walk" with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and community leaders. The Northeast District commander has said investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a "drug deal gone bad."

Stern was charged as a teenager in 2007 with fatally shooting 48-year-old Mark Robinson in the 2700 block of Harlem Avenue. Stern's brother, Keeco, was also charged in the case. The Stern brothers were acquitted of all charges at trial later that year, court records show. 

Keeco Stern was recently charged in another murder, the May killing of Tavon Frederick in Waverly. Stern, along with Deangelo Anthony, Donta Dorsey, and Dontre Mitchell, are accused of bursting into Frederick's home in the 3300 block of Westerwald Ave. 

Police say that they have also added the death of 74-year-old Johnnie Smith to the list of city homicides. Medics were called to the 2100 block of Cliftwood Ave. on July 5, for a report of an unresponsive male. Family members brought to the attention of investigators that Smith had been involved in an assault in 1997 in which he was struck over the head with a brick and suffered brain damage, leaving him bedridden. An autopsy determined that Smith's death was a result of complications from that assault, which occurred May 13, 1997 in the 2500 block of E. Preston St. 

Anyone with information about either case was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. 

An earlier version gave an incorrect year for when Kwame and Keeco Stern were charged with killing Mark Robinson. The Sun regrets the error.

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