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Two teen boys, auto shop owner among latest Baltimore homicide victims

Two teen youths and an auto repair shop owner are among the latest victims in a city where people are being killed at an unprecedented pace.

The deaths of Tyrese Davis, 15, who was shot during a West Baltimore robbery; George Madariaga, 69, shot under unclear circumstances in Northwest Baltimore; an unidentified 16-year-old youth shot in Northeast Baltimore; and an unidentified 24-year-old man shot in North Baltimore pushed the city’s homicide total this year to 216 — a record high for mid-August.

The killings took place less than a week after a 72-hour ceasefire effort in which community activists rallied for a weekend free of violence. Organizers said the campaign was a success, and police praised the three-day weekend effort even though six people were shot, two fatally.

But Friday, after a violent 24 hours, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis expressed frustration at an afternoon news conference where police detailed a spate of six shootings since Thursday.

Catherine Pugh took steps to address it this week, naming a new director of criminal justice and releasing an updated plan to stem violent crime. In announcing the plan, Pugh noted that her administration has put more officers on patrol and worked to improve police training and technology. She also said engaging youth, promoting community health and creating more jobs would help reduce violence.

Gov. Larry Hogan, meanwhile, said he plans to meet with Baltimore judges, prosecutors and politicians to discuss why violent offenders aren’t being held in jail longer.

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