November Homicides Climb To 25

December 01, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Two fatal shootings that occurred a mile apart and within minutes of each other Monday, along with the previously unreported beating death of a 64-year-old man last week, closed out November as the deadliest month so far this year.

Around 1 p.m., an unidentified man was shot and killed in the 1100 block of Whitelock St., in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. A short time later, another unidentified man was shot in the 1300 block of Mosher St., in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood about a mile south. He was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Police also disclosed the death of Alexander Murrell, 64, who was found about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday in a room he rented in the 2400 block of Edmondson Ave., according to police. Family said they had not heard from him since Nov. 23, and they had the landlord help them gain entry to his room.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said Murrell had suffered head trauma and had been dead for some time. Police had no suspects or motives in his death.

Murrell was one of four homicide victims added to the city's total Wednesday, making November the deadliest month of the year, with 25 homicides as of Monday afternoon. Thirty people were killed in November 2008, the highest monthly total for that year.

The city has recorded 23 percent fewer shootings this year and is trying to improve on 2008's 20-year low in killings.

Police also identified two other recent homicide victims. Moses said Julius Sullivan, 36, of the 500 block of Grove St., was fatally shot in the 500 block of Gold St. on Wednesday. Curtis Mitchell, 28, of the 2700 block of The Alameda, was shot and killed in the 1400 block of Carswell St. on Nov. 24.

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