Homicide toll in city reaches 6 for weekend

June 14, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Baltimore's homicide rate continued to grow yesterday with the shooting of a Cockeysville man in West Baltimore -- the sixth victim of violence to die since Friday night.

Joseph Earl Carter, 28, was killed near the intersection of Westwood Avenue and Monroe Street about two hours after a city rally against violence.

The death increased the city's homicide toll for this year to 153 -- 16 ahead of this time last year. A record 335 people were killed in 1992.

Those numbers bother Georgia Garrett and hundreds of other people who took part in a stop-the-killings rally along North Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Ms. Garrett, standing at the center of the rally outside the school administration headquarters at Calvert Street and North Avenue, told how her 23-year-old son, Gerald Maurice Higgs, became one of those victims on March 22.

She said her son was shot while helping a friend move in a drug-plagued area of West Baltimore. "It was a case of mistaken identity," she said.

Draped over concrete stairs in front of the school department's administration building was a quilt made up of 90 hand-woven squares, each a memorial to a recent homicide victim in Baltimore.

Ms. Garrett said the quilt and rally -- called Love Hands Across Baltimore -- are small but important steps toward ending the violence. "We have to start somewhere," she said, joined by Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan and Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-7th.

The Rev. Willie E. Ray has led four other such "crusades" since last year, trying unsuccessfully so far to gather together enough participants to form a human chain across the city.

"Stop the killing, save the youths," was their battle cry.

But two hours later, about 3:45 p.m., Western District police officers responding to a call for a shooting found Mr. Carter lying dead in the middle of Westwood Avenue.

Police said they had neither a suspect nor a motive for the slaying.

Police also reported little progress in three other homicide investigations:

* A man who was shot and killed Saturday morning in the doorway of King's Carryout, in the 1700 block of W. North Ave., was described by police as a 32-year-old man who lived 10 blocks away. His name was not released pending notification of his relatives.

* In the 1600 block of N. Dallas St., Darrin S. Mosley, 23, of the 1400 block of E. Lanvale St., was found bleeding shortly after midnight on Saturday. He was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center from multiple gun shot wounds.

* A woman found beaten in the 200 block of Gold St. on May 30 died Friday night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She was identified as Ernestine Higgins, 29, of the 1900 block of W. North Ave.

Arrests were made on Saturday in two fatal stabbings, and in a shooting in which a mother allegedly wounded her daughter. Each of those cases involved domestic disputes, police said:

* Linda Woodridge, 36, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of her companion, Stanley Braxton, 49, early Saturday in their home in the 500 block of McMechen St. in West Baltimore.

* Reginald Jones, 30, and his wife, Margaret Jones, 28, both were stabbed in their home in the 400 block of Orchard St. Mrs. Jones died at Shock Trauma, while her husband was admitted there with charges against him pending, police said.

* The 14-year-old girl allegedly shot by her mother on Saturday was identified by police yesterday as Juanita Kiser, of the 3300 block of W. Garrison Ave. She was wounded in her right eye and shoulder, and listed in fair condition at Sinai Hospital.

Her mother, Clarice Kiser, 32, was charged with assault with intent to murder, handgun violations and child abuse.

At least two other shootings Saturday night and yesterday morning left two other people injured, including a teen-ager who was shot in the back of the head by another youth during a fight but who escaped serious injury.

The teen, whom police refused to name, was shot about 10:45 p.m. Saturday behind a rowhouse in the 1300 block of Bloomingdale Road. He was released after treatment at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

About 12:15 a.m. yesterday, Dwayne Burrell, 26, of the 4600 block of Marble Hall Road, was shot several times at an Amoco gas station near the intersection of Cold Spring Lane and The Alameda.

He was admitted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, authorities said.

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