Two men indicted in triple homicide

3 friends from Dundalk were shot July 8

Southeast Baltimore incident

Brother of one victim was wounded, survived

July 30, 2002|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's state's attorney announced indictments yesterday in the killings of three men who were gunned down this month as they sat outside an apartment complex in Southeast Baltimore.

Thomas Barnes Jr., Frederick Jenkins and ElJermaine Street, all of whom were 28 and grew up in Dundalk, were each shot once in the back of the head.

The men indicted in the killings - Richard James and William Faulkner, both 23 - became the 148th and 149th people to be indicted on murder charges this year.

"Three good friends enjoying a reunion on a summer night ended in murder," city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said.

"These young men were not involved in criminal activity. They were good men working to support our community."

Jessamy said there was a "minor personal incident" between Jenkins' brother, Derek Jenkins, and the men charged. Derek Jenkins was also shot during the incident but survived.

The three men were shot July 8 while visiting Derek Jenkins, who lived in the Broening Manor apartments in the 1300 block of Bonsal St., near O'Donnell Heights.

Barnes, Frederick Jenkins and Street were sitting on the steps of the apartment complex a few minutes after midnight when two men approached.

One of the men fired three shots from a revolver from a few feet away, police said.

All three victims graduated from Dundalk High School in 1992.

Jenkins, who got married four months ago, was to fly to Germany days after the shooting to see his wife. He had recently returned from a tour of duty in Kuwait, where he was a computer specialist in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Street, the father of a 3-year-old daughter, was a forklift operator in Dundalk and was engaged to be married this year.

Barnes, a Social Security clerk, briefly served in the National Guard and had recently returned home after his parents became ill.

James and Faulkner, both of the 500 block of New Pittsburgh Ave. in Dundalk, are charged with three counts of first-degree murder, a count of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

Jessamy said her office has 17 homicide prosecutors working on the 149 murder indictments the state's attorney's office has obtained this year.

Her office has also received 329 cases of nonfatal shootings this year.

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