Police are asking for help from the Baltimore public as they work to solve more than a dozen 2014 killings.
According to the Baltimore Police Department, 16 new homicide investigations were opened within the first 12 days of the New Year.
Of the first 16 victims, 15 were African American and one was of Hispanic descent Baltimore Police Sgt. Sarah Connolly told the AFRO.
“The police commissioner met with his strategic staff Monday to go over deployment strategies,” she said, when asked about tactics to deter the violence.
“We are going over our intelligence, sharing it effectively, and using that to go after these criminals.”
On the first day of the year, authorities reported a double homicide from the 3900 block of Edmondson Ave. There, Baltimore Police found a father and son, 48-year-old Frank Anthony Turner and his 21-year-old son, Anthony Dionne Turner suffering from gunshot wounds. Neither of the men survived the attack that happened around 3:19 p.m.
The next day, as snow began to blanket the city, a man was found dying near Kavon and Shamrock Avenues with a gunshot wound. Later that night, two men, Daries Williams, 27, and Nathaniel Adams, 29, were found in the 2500 block of Druid Park Drive. All three of the victims from the second day of the new year were shot in the head.
On Jan. 3 around 5:26 p.m. Baltimore police dispatched homicide detectives to the 1700 block of Ashburton street. Twenty-year-old Keon M. Carter eventually died of his wounds.
Authorities had two more names to place on their list of murder investigations by the end of Jan. 6. Bobby Jones, 51 was shot in the 3000 block of Northwest Baltimore’s Oakford Ave., just hours after Jonathan Terry, 28, was found in the 3600 block of Liberty Heights Ave with a gunshot wound.
“No arrests were made,” said Connolly, of Terry’s case. “We usually don’t divulge too much information if the investigation is ongoing because we don’t want to scare off possible persons of interest.”
On Wed., Jan. 8, homicide units were sent to the 5300 block of Prestbury Ave. to investigate the shooting of 30-year-old Marvin Lee McGowan around 10:24 p.m. He died the next day along with Jose Abreu, who was shot while working inside the Latino American Deli and Grocery as school children prepared to walk home shortly before 3 p.m.
Police are seeking public assistance in identifying the man seen on security cameras inside the store, located in the 500 block of South Smallwood St.
“We are looking to see if any of these crimes are linked together at all,” said Connolly.
“We are asking the help of the community because we need them to stand shoulder to shoulder with us if they’ve seen anything they need to let us know.”
The violence continued the next day as police tried to contain Robert Hopkins, who killed Spencer Falcon, 28, on Jan. 10 in what police suspect was a botched car-jacking. Hours later, holed up in a Baltimore non-profit, Hopkins killed himself- but the violence didn’t stop there.
The youngest of the 16 victims, Dejaun Willis, was stabbed to death the same day. The 17-year-old was found in the 2500 block of Frederick Ave. around 10 a.m. on Jan. 10 and transported to a hospital where he died. By day’s end, homicide detectives had been called to the 7000 block of McClean Blvd to investigate the killing of 35-year-old Bennett Daniel.
Friends and family are still baffled by the shooting death of Ricky Mellerson, 28, who was shot shortly before his vehicle hit another car and flipped over in the 100 block of East Madison Street on Jan. 11.
Police confirmed two more homicides on Mon., Jan. 12 that took place the night before in Northwest Baltimore. Around 7:21p.m. law enforcement officials responded to a shooting in the 3600 block of Reisterstown Road. Around 11:13 p.m. homicide detectives also began investigating a homicide in the 3900 block of Edgewood Road.
According to victim-based crime data released by the City, only six homicides occurred within the first 14 days of 2013.
Anyone with information about any of the homicides should call 410-396-2100.