Violent surge continues in Baltimore as teen becomes 24th killing in 18 days

December 04, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Shot in the face and back Tuesday night, 19-year-old Leroy Boxdale became Baltimore's 24th homicide victim in 18 days.

Boxdale, who was on supervised probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge in September, was found lying in the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave., just north of Park Circle near Druid Hill Park shortly before 7:30 p.m., police said. He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His death continued a spate of violence starting in November, which was the deadliest month of the year, with 31 killings. Baltimore has surpassed 30 homicides in a single month only seven times since 2000, according to records, though the city remains on pace for its lowest annual total in 20 years.

Police also released details about three other recent homicides yesterday:

* Police said a man found shot in the head Nov. 26 behind Doris M. Johnson and Heritage high schools in the 2800 block of St. Lo Drive in Clifton Park was 17-year-old Adrian Andrews, the 25th juvenile homicide this year and the fourth in November. Andrews' last known address was in the 3800 block of Erdman Ave. He had no adult criminal record.

* Alexander Njuguna, 29, was found dead Nov. 26 in his apartment in the 1000 block of Woodson Road after a neighbor heard a television blaring across the hall at about 8:30 a.m. and found his door ajar, police said. The neighbor went inside and found him on the floor, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the head. Njuguna did not appear to have any convictions on his record, according to a search of electronic court records.

* Voncelle Blackwell, 26, was fatally shot Nov. 25 in the 2900 block of Limond Place in the Better Waverly neighborhood, police said. Blackwell, of the 800 block of Exeter Hall Ave., was on probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge in February. He had several prior convictions and probation violations.

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