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Blood marks the spot of Wilkens Avenue murder

Blood marks the spot of Wilkens Avenue murder

As late morning rolled on along Wilkens Avenue in Southwest Baltimore, there were few obvious hints of the violence that had occurred just hours earlier.

But just off the road were two large pools of blood, spilled from the body of the man police say was shot here just before daybreak.

The police account is brief: at 5:23 a.m., officers were called to the 3400 block of Wilkens Ave. where they found a man who had been shot in the chest. He was transported to an area hospital — it doesn't say whether it was St. Agnes Hospital, which overlooks the street — and died of his wounds.

The victim was not identified Friday morning. With detectives long gone and remnants of...