17-year-old boy fatally stabbed in city

January 13, 2009|By Justin Fenton and Gus G. Sentementes | Justin Fenton and Gus G. Sentementes,justin.fenton@baltsun.com and gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

A 17-year-old boy was fatally stabbed Sunday night across the street from City College in Northeast Baltimore, police said, continuing a wave of violence that is prompting calls to action by community leaders.

Sunday's homicide was the 14th of 2009, matching the total for the entire month of January last year. Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham, president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he is calling on other organizations, elected officials, faith-based groups and community residents to gather for a rally Jan. 31 to speak out against violence.

"Eventually, it's going to hit everybody," Cheatham said. "We need to bring different players together, show a unified front. We've got to put some responsibility on ourselves. The community has to get up in arms. It's us killing each other."

The stabbing of Shawn Green on Sunday also continues a trend of violence against youths, with four juveniles killed this year, according to police statistics. Twenty-six juveniles were killed last year - about two per month.

About 7:35 p.m., police officers found Green at The Alameda and East 32nd Street, in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood, suffering from stab wounds to his chest, authorities said. Paramedics took the victim to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 10:30 p.m., police said.

Police said Green lived nearby, in the 1800 block of E. 31st St. Additional details about the attack, including information about a suspect or motive, were not immediately available. Also added to the homicide total was a 23-year-old man who was shot in the head Thursday night in a Southwest Baltimore apartment building in the 5000 block of Dickey Hill Road. Police said he died Friday at Sinai Hospital after being taken off life support. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Police also identified the victim of a Friday afternoon shooting in Southeast Baltimore. Bryant Eldridge, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was shot about 4 p.m. in the 3600 block of E. Lombard St. While the 14 homicides match the number of people killed in January last year - en route to a 20-year low in homicides for Baltimore in 2008 - January is typically a bloody month for the city, averaging more than 25 killings since 1999.

Baltimore Sun reporter Peter Hermann contributed to this article.

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