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The Dripby Mark Reutter8:52 pmMay 14, 20150

Three homicides today add to Baltimore’s violent spring

A 38.5% increase in homicides so far this year

With three homicides today, all during daylight hours, Baltimore continues to pile up casualties in what is becoming the city’s deadliest year in a decade.

So far, there have been 90 homicides in 2015, according to Baltimore Police Department records reviewed by The Brew. 

The number compares with 65 homicides at this time in 2014. That’s an increase of 38.5%.

If the current pace continues, total 2015 homicides would be the highest in the city since 2007, when 282 deaths were recorded.

17 Victims so far in May

There have been 11 homicides since last Thursday – and 17 homicides so far in May. In April, there were another 22 homicides.

The jump in violence began before the April 27 riots in Baltimore. For example, there were three murders each on April 4 and April 17 before the disturbances.

Violence, however, has accelerated since then.

There have been 23 homicides since the riots, including three deaths on April 29, three deaths on May 7, four deaths of May 10, and three deaths today.

In the same April 27-May 14 time frame in 2014, there were a total of 12 homicides.

The names of the latest victims have not yet been released by police. At about 9:15 this morning, police say, a citizen flagged down a patrol officer, saying that a man had just been shot.

The officer responded to the 2100 block of Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore, where he found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound in the face. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police have also released some details of a double homicide that took place at 1:30 p.m. today on East 31st Street near Hillen Avenue in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood.

Officers found an adult male and female shot multiple times inside a house. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

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