Baltimore reaches 200 homicides with man's fatal stabbing
Baltimore officially has had 200 homicide victims in 2016 after an
autopsy confirmed a 42-year-old man found dead Friday just west of
downtown had been fatally stabbed.
The victim, identified Monday
as Franswhaun Smith, was found Friday about 7:50 a.m. in the 700 block
of Murphy Lane, in the Heritage Crossing neighborhood that was formerly
the site of the Murphy Homes public housing development.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said an autopsy confirmed he had been stabbed in the back.
is the fifth consecutive year Baltimore’s homicide tally has reached
200 after recording 197 in all of 2011. That was the first time the city
had recorded fewer than 200 victims since the late 1970s.
Last year, 344 people were killed in Baltimore, the city’s highest highest-per capita rate ever.
of Aug. 20, the most recent data available, homicides were down 11
percent compared with the same time last year, while nonfatal shootings
were up slightly, from 414 at that time last year to 427 this year.
A water wheel in Baltimore has removed
over 313 tons of trash from the Inner
Harbor. In just 18 months,‘Mr Trash
Wheel’ successfully cleaned more than
6 million cigarette butts, 200,000 plastic
bottles, 255,000 Styrofoam containers,
173,000 chip bags, and 4,000 glass
bottles out of the city’s notoriously
So apparently, no one killed Freddie Gray. Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby expressed her anger and frustration at a press conference this afternoon, saying that her office still believes that Gray did not kill himself.
But as the nation continues to grapple with seemingly frequent deaths and abuse of African-Americans at the hands of the police, Mosby reiterated a reality that black communities know all too well. Even when the facts are on the victim’s side, justice seems elusive.
It’s hard to believe that Ryan Grastorf (@the_mushroom_ninja) started photographing fungi a mere year and a half ago. “As an effort to reduce stress in life, I just started hiking more,” the full-time student says. “I found a mushroom, a very cool looking mushroom, and the rest is kind of history.” Since then, Ryan has gone into the woods near his home in Baltimore every day in search of his subject matter. He estimates that he’s photographed about 150 different kinds of mushrooms, many of which he has identified with the help of the Instagram community. “Mushrooms have this historically bad rap. But every time I share my world with somebody, they’re completely in awe, like, ‘Wow, I did not know mushrooms were like that.’”