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March 29, 2010

Arrest made in killing of reputed gang leader in Charles Village

[UPDATE, Tuesday 1:15 PM: Prosecutors at Green's bail review this morning said Fenner was beaten and shot "for an unauthorized gang shooting." He had left his home with Williams, indicating that they may have known each other or were associates. According to charging documents, Williams confessed and said the pair were supposed to punish Fenner by beating him, but that Green took out a gun and shot him in the head. Williams told detectives that they were all members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, and prior court documents have indicated some sort of connection between YGF and BGF. I'm told the investigation is continuing.]

Police have arrested two suspects in the killing of a reputed gang leader who was gunned down in a Charles Village alley earlier this month.

Tavon Williams, 25, and Byron Green, 28, were arrested in connection with the March 12 death of 22-year-old Donatello Fenner, who was said to be a ranking member of the Young Gorilla Family gang and was found shot to death in the 2600 block of N. Charles St.

Details of the arrest were not immediately available, but they bring, for now, a resolution to one of two recent murders in the Charles Village/Remington area, where homeowners pay extra taxes for private security and street cleaning. Three days after Fenner was shot, 37-year-old Asia Carter was killed in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of N. Howard St. and W. 25th St. Police did not believe those cases were linked.

Fenner has eluded serious prison time, but in June 2008, Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III singled him out as a “catalyst for violence” and someone police were watching as part of an increased effort to target the city’s most violent people. The Barclay neighborhood, where YGF was said to be based, accounted for 10 killings in 2007 alone.

Fenner was charged a few months later with attempted murder, stemming from a May 2008 shooting in which police say a man was led into an alley by people he knew and shot at. The charges were dropped by prosecutors in August 2009, and he was released. In November, he was picked up on an assault charge and was awaiting a March 25 court date.

In a recent interview, Fenner’s aunt denied that he was a gang member and said he was trying to turn his life around. She said police were harassing him with frequent stops and raids.

Court records show Green was charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed carjacking in 2005, charges which were dismissed in 2007. Williams was charged in September 2008 with possessing a handgun in a vehicle, and the charges were later dropped. Williams was awaiting a May trial on drug distribution charges.
Posted by Justin Fenton at 5:50 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Breaking news, North Baltimore


How does any crime happen in the city, when you ask the moms/aunts, their sons/nephews are Saints, with not a criminal thought in their minds. So the witnesses in this shooting are just going to shut up or die of their own volition.

His Aunt need to stop lying , he been with YGF for so long. Pay back is a B**** huh , you thought ppl forogt wat you did. Try to hide out up at da house ..... Only the beginning !

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Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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