BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The City of Baltimore continues to grapple with violent crimes.

The Baltimore Police Department has confirmed that 102 people have been murdered so far this year. That’s nine more people killed in 2022 than this time in 2021.

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The 100th victim was identified by Baltimore Police as 61-year-old Ursula Brown.

Brown was found dead about 4:40 p.m. Monday inside an apartment in the 2500 block of Violet Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, Baltimore Police said.

Based on multiple signs of trauma found on Brown’s body, medical examiners ruled the 61-year-old woman’s death a homicide.

No information about a possible motive or suspect in the case was immediately released.

“Just find out who done this to her and just keep your head up and just be strong for her.,” said neighbor Treeva Woods. “She don’t want you to be sad.” 

Police on Wednesday also identified a 40-year-old man who died Tuesday night after he was shot in the head in Northwest Baltimore.

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Michael Clanton was found suffering from a gunshot wound about 9 p.m. when officers were called to the 3100 block of Oakford Avenue, police said.

The 40-year-old was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries.

Baltimore has seen 102 homicides and 210 non-deadly shootings in 2022, according to figures provided by police. That’s up from 93 homicides and 168 shootings for the same time last year.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has pledged to help turn the city around while in office by breaking the cycle of violence.

Last Wednesday, the mayor announced $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding will go toward expanding its intervention ecosystem. Part of that aims to strengthen the Safe Streets program after a review found it lacked oversight and half the workers expressed inadequate training.

In late March, Governor Larry Hogan also announced large amounts of money being funneled to combat major violent crimes.

Roughly $45 million will be used to expand resources from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, reinforce victims’ services, increase arrest warrant initiatives and give enhanced support through state partners to the city police department.

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Anyone with information about either of these cases is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Cristina Mendez