Wednesday, December 31, 2003

2003 victim index

Gory Prince George's, Murder Watch, 2003
Murders are skyrocketing in Prince George's County, Maryland.  They are so commonplace that the mainstream media does not report them all, and almost never reports the disposition of cases--whether they have been solved and if so, what happened.   Many initial reports do not identify the victim and the press rarely follows up when the victim has been identified.  The few local murder cases that are covered extensively   seem to involve victims who are either white or merchant; other victims don't count.

The local press has virtually abdicated its responsiblilty to inform the people and help the citizenry hold local government accountable for its failure to protect the public.  In 2003, just look at the local press coverage of the Laci Peterson case.   One white victim in California has received thousands of times as much coverage as all Price George's victims combined.

This page is an attempt to begin to make up for that lack of press reporting, but with limited resources it is all but impossible to list all murders, much less find out what happens from our unresponsive "justice" system.

Year-end summaries (2003 total was 128):
Murder victims (partial)
  • Allen, Jason (23), 26 Oct 2003
  • Beverly, Daniel Levi, Jr.,  (55), 16 Aug 2003
    • 5500 block of Napoli Road, Temple Hills
    • Journal, 28 Nov 2003
  • Brigido, Angel Tadeo (51), 15 Nov 2003
    • 3500 block of Toledo Terrace near Hyattsville
    • Gazette (PG), 17 Nov 2003
  • Burr, Sair (26), 14 Jul 2003
    • 2000 block of Brooks Drive in District Heights
    • Post , 19 Nov 2003, Cordell Lesesney (17) arrested
  • Calderon, Randy Emmanuel (15), 22 Nov 2003
    • 3300 block of Queens Chapel Road in Mount Rainier
    • Post, 25 Nov 2003; nbc-4, 24 Nov 2003; Gazette (PG), 24 Nov 2003
  • Chaudhry, Hammad (22), 14 Jul 2003
    • 2000 block of Brooks Drive in District Heights
    • Post , 19 Nov 2003, Cordell Lesesney (17) arrested
  • Cole, Christopher Qudia (25), 1 Nov  2003
  • Contreras, Armando A., 26 Jan 2003
    • Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 block, 57th Avenue
    • Post, 27 Jan 2003; Gazette (PG), 27 Jan 2003; WUSA-TV, 26 26 Jan 2003; WJLA-TV, 27 Jan 2003
    • "Innocent bystander"
  • Cooke, Anthony (24), 5 Oct 2003
    • Near 38th Avenue and Blandensburg Road, Colmar Manor
    • Gazette (PG), 9 Oct 2003 (arrest); Post, 7 Oct 2003; nbc4.com, 6 Oct 2003
  • Davis, John Quinton, (37),  22 Nov 2003
    • Econoway station, 5400 block of Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
    • Post, 23 Nov 2003, Gazette (PG), 24 Nov 2003
  • Deadwyler, Terrence, 28 Mar 2003
  • Dorsey, Valarie Ann (53), 16 Aug 2003
    • 5500 block of Napoli Road, Temple Hills
    • Journal, 28 Nov 2003
  • Edwards, Robert J., 10 Jan 2003
    • 2700 block, Lewis Avenue, Suitland
    • Post, 11 Jan 2003, Gazette, 15 Jan 2003,  WJLA-TV, 10 Jan 2003
    • Post says it was the 2nd homicide of the year
  • Gibson, Venita (17), 18 Dec 2003
  • Hawkins, Donald (24), 19 Oct 2003
  • Hickson, Christopher (32), ca. 28 Oct 2003
    • 5400 block of Newton Street
    • Journal, 30 Oct 2003
  • Jackson, Eric Charone (36), 19 Nov 2003
    • 2200 block of Seton Way
    • Journal, 28 Nov 2003
  • Jackson, Patrice (41), ca. 10 Apr 2003
    • 3400 block of Dallas Drive
    • Journal, 11 Apr 2003
  • Johnson, Rashad (20), 15 Oct 2003
  • Kim, Michael (42), 14 Oct 2003
    • Old Fort Road, Fort Washington
    • Gazette (Clinton), 16 Oct 2003; Gazette (PG), 16 Oct 2003; nbc4.com, 16 Oct 2003;
      Post, 15 Oct 2003; nbc4.com, 15 Oct 2003; nbc4.com, 14 Oct 2003; Journal, 15 Oct 2003
    • Comment: PG County Executive Johnson bloviates about beautification, but does nothing to stop the slaughter of shopkeepers.
  • Lainez, Carlos (17), 12 Oct 2003
  • Lemus, Jose S., 2 Feb 2003
    • 3700 block, Shepherd Street
    • Post, 4 Feb 2003
  • Lewis, Davon L., 24 Jan 2003
  • Mansfield, Denise (45), 28 Jun 2003
  • Marbury, Phillip (19), 16 Dec 2003
  • Martin, Keisha (30), 26 Dec 2003
    • 2300 block of Vermont Avenue, Landover
    • (CD 5, LD 47)
    • Gazette (PG), 31 Dec 2003 (followup)
    • Gazette (PG), 29 Dec 2003
    • Journal, 30 Dec 2003
    • Not reported by Post or Times
  • McClain, Anthony (35), 3 Oct 2003
    • 5600 block of Whitfield Chapel Road
    • Gazette (PG), 6 Oct 2003; Post*, 5 Oct 2003
  • Mitchell, Marlon, Jr., 23 Oct 2003
  • Norris, Gwendolyn Ann., 25 Sep 2003
    • 2300 block of Rosecroft Drive West, Oxon Hill
    • Post*, 28 Sep 2003; Post*, 2 Oct 2003
    • "Protective order" did no good.
  • Perez, Jose Antonio (24), 1 Nov 2003
    • 8200 block of New Hampshire Avenue
    • Gazette (PG), 6 Nov 2003
  • Preston, Rudloph (24), 15 Dec 2003
    • 5900 block of 67th Avenue, Riverdale, 15 Dec 2003
    • Gazette (PG), 16 Dec 2003
  • Richardson, James Dion (33), 7 Dec 2003
  • Ruffin, Eric Donyell (42), 4 Oct 2003
    • 4500 block of Allentown Road, Camp Springs
    • Gazette (PG), 6 Oct 2003; Post*, 5 Oct 2003
  • Sanders, Calhoun, ca. 12 Jan 2003
  • Sorrels, Danny Dale, 25 Feb 2003
  • Unidentified man, bef. 7 Jan 2003
  • Unidentified man, 29 Jan 2003
  • Unidentified man, 8 Feb 2003
    • Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro
    • Post (C3), 9 Feb, Times (A10), 9 Feb
  • Unidentified Man, 2 Sep 2003
  • Unidentified man, ca. 8 Oct 2003
  • Unidentified man, 31 Oct 2003
    • 8200 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Langley Park
    • Gazette (PG), 3 Nov 2003
  • Unidentified man, 6 Dec 2003
  • Unidentified man, 13 Dec 2003
    • 5900 block of Old Central Avenue in Capitol Heights
    • Post, 14 Dec 2003
    • Journal, 16 Dec 2003
  • Unidentified woman, ca. 12 Jan 2003
  • Walker, Russell Calvin (38), 17 Oct 2003
    • 1500 Block of Kanawha Street, Langley Park
    • Gazette (PG), 20 Oct 2003
  • Watkins, Curtis (32), ca. 26 Oct 2003
    • 3300 block of Curtis Drive
    • Journal, 30 Oct 2003
  • Wearen, Kevin, 5 Feb 2003
  • Williamson, Darlene, 25 May 2003
    • Greenbelt apartment of Michael W. Sears
    • Times, 21 Dec 2003 (Editorial)
    • Post, 16 Dec 2003
    • nbc4.com, 28 May 2003
    • CNN, 28 May 2003
*Note: Post, Sun, and Times articles are transferred to pay sites after 7 or 14 days; some Post and Times crime reports only appear in the print editions..  Most older Sun articles are available for free from terminals in Prince George's County Libraries.  Library card holders can access most older Post and Times articles via NewsBank.com from home. 
    
(Updated 1 Jun 2004)

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