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The following is a list of all deaths in The Wire.

Season index

Season 1 (2002)

# Deceased Cause of Death Murderer Episode Title
1 Omar Isaiah "Snot Boogie" Betts Shot to death Unknown The Target
2 William Gant Single head shot close-range, bullet pancaked on inner skull Marquis "Bird" Hilton The Target
3 John Bailey Shot to death (off-screen murder) Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice and Marquis "Bird" Hilton The Pager
4 Brandon Wright Brutally tortured to death and left him cigarette marks Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice, Anton "Stinkum" Artis, and Marquis "Bird" Hilton The Wire
5 Keisha Michaels Cocaine overdose Technically Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice, Anton "Stinkum" Artis, and Wintell "Little Man" Royce Lessons
6 Anton "Stinkum" Artis Shot in the chest Omar Little Lessons
7 Wendell "Orlando" Blocker Shot by close-range and gunshots to the shoulder, chest, and left arm Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice and Wintell "Little Man" Royce The Cost
8 Wintell "Little Man" Royce Off-screen murder in Druid Hill Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice The Hunt
9 Nakeesha Lyles Gunshot to the head Unknown Barksdale Enforcer Cleaning Up
10 Wallace Shot to death Preston "Bodie" Broadus & Malik "Poot" Carr Cleaning Up

Season 2 (2003)

# Deceased Cause of Death Murderer Episode Title
1 14 Immigrant Women One beaten to death and thrown off a bridge. All remaining thirteen suffocated to death resulting from a sabotaged air pipe in a cargo container. Sam Choksey Ebb Tide
2 Sam Choksey Throat slit Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos via Sergei Malatov Collateral Damage
3 5 Inmates in MCI - Jessup Overdose of hot shots Avon Barksdale Hot Shots
4 D'Angelo Barksdale Strangled to death Unnamed Inmate hired by Russell "Stringer" bell All Prologue
6 T.T. (9-year-old innocent bystander) Hit by a stray bullet from a gunfight through his bedroom window 1 of the dealers in a gunfight Stray Rounds
7 Steven L. Miles (Ziggy’s duck) Alcohol poisoning

Technically Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka

Stray Rounds
8 George "Double G" Glekas Shot to death Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka Storm Warnings
9 Frank Sobotka Stabbed repeatedly to his chest and abdomen, had his throat slashed by a single-edged blade and had his body dumped into the shore near the docks The Greeks Port in a Storm

Season 3 (2004)

# Deceased Cause of Death Murderer Episode Title
1 Dog (Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff's dog) Executed by gunshot for losing in a dogfight Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff All Due Respect
2 Jelly Shot in the head Tree All Due Respect
3 Peanut Shot in the head Dazz and his crew All Due Respect
4 Tosha Mitchell Accidentally shot in the head during a gunfight Dante Dead Soldiers
6 Tank Shot in the chest during a gunfight Kimmy Dead Soldiers
7 Ray Cole Heart attack None Dead Soldiers
8 Chipper Shot in the head Stanfield Organization Homecoming
9 Country Multiple gunshot wounds Stanfield Organization Homecoming
10 Boo Multiple gunshot wounds Slim Charles Homecoming
11 Rico Shot to death through a motorbike drive-by Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Back Burners
12 Tater Shotgun drive-by through an SUV window Christopher "Chris" Partlow Moral Midgetry
13 Derrick Waggoner Multiple gunshot wounds Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski Slapstick
14 LaTroy Multiple gunshot wounds Barksdale Organization Reformation
15 Devonne Shot one in the mouth, one in each breast Marlo Stanfield Reformation
16 Stringer Bell's bodyguard Shot in the stomach Omar Little Middle Ground
17 Russell "Stringer" Bell Shot in the chest Omar Little and Brother Mouzone Middle Ground
18 Johnny Weeks Drug overdose None Mission Accomplished

Season 4 (2006)

# Deceased Cause of Death Murderer Episode Title
1 Unnamed dealer Shot in the head Christopher "Chris" Partlow Boys of Summer
2 Fruit Shot in the head Curtis "Lex" Anderson Boys of Summer
3 Curtis "Lex" Anderson Shot Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Boys of Summer
4 Fredo Braddock Shot to death Unknown Soft Eyes
5 Unnamed security guard Shot to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Refugees
6 Unnamed delivery woman Shot in the heart Christopher "Chris" Partlow Alliances
7 Raymond Foerster Cancer None Corner Boys
8 2 New York boys in a vacant Shot to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Corner Boys
9 New York dealer Gunshot to the head Christopher "Chris" Partlow Corner Boys
10 2 other New York dealers Off-screen murders Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Know Your Place
11 Old Face Andre Shot to death, offscreen Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Know Your Place
12 Little Kevin Shot to death, offscreen Christopher "Chris" Partlow Misgivings
13 Devar Manigault Beaten to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow Misgivings
14 Sherrod Drug overdose by hot shots Technically Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins That's Got His Own
15 Preston "Bodie" Broadus Shot in the head twice Darius "O-Dog" Hill Final Grades
16 Unnamed drug dealer Shot in the head Michael Lee Final Grades

Season 5 (2008)

# Deceased Cause of Death Murderer Episode Title
1 Unknown Corner Boy Gunned down Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Unconfirmed Reports
2 Junebug Shot to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Unconfirmed Reports
3 Junebug's Girlfriend Shot to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Unconfirmed Reports
4 Junebug's Friend Shot to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Unconfirmed Reports
5 Butchie's bodyguard Shot in the head Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Not for Attribution
6 Butchie Shot and tortured to death Christopher "Chris" Partlow Not for Attribution
7 Nathaniel "Hungry Man" Manns Shot to death Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff Transitions
8 Joseph "Proposition Joe" Stewart Shot in the head Christopher "Chris" Partlow Transitions
9 Donnie Shot in the head Christopher "Chris" Partlow React Quotes
10 Manny Shot in the chest Omar Little Took
11 Savino Bratton Shot in the head Omar Little Took
12 Omar Little Shot in the head Kenard Clarifications
13 Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Shot in the head Michael Lee Late Editions
14 Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff Shot in the head Slim Charles -30-

Other Deaths

# Deceased Cause of Death Murderer Episode Referenced
1 Poe Homes homicide victim Death unknown N/A The Target
2 Pooh Blanchard Shot in the Building 221 of Franklin Terrace D'Angelo Barksdale The Target
3 Maurice Scroggins Shot in the back of the head twice (off-screen murder) Barksdale Organization The Target
4 Roland Leggett and Toreen Boyd Both shot to death in the projects in 2001 with a 9 mm (off-screen murders) Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice The Target
5 Deirdre Kresson Shot through a glass window with a 9 mm Wee-Bey Brice via D'Angelo Barksdale Old Cases
6 Bodie's Mother Possibly murdered or drug overdose, died when Bodie was four years old (off-screen) Unknown/The Streets The Pager
7 Ladontay (Dwight Tilghman's cousin) Murdered before 2003 (off-screen murder) Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice Collateral Damage
8 Random guy in morgue Shot to death Unknown/The Streets Hot Shots
9 Mau Mau Willis Murdered sometime before or in 2003 (Off-screen murder) Sergei Malatov and Eton Ben-Eleazer Bad Dreams
10 12 headless men All killed and have their heads and hands dismembered The Greeks Port in a Storm
11 Elijah Davis Shot to death in 1990 (off-screen murder) Dennis "Cutty" Wise Time After Time
12 5 Corner boys All shot to death Unknown/The Streets Time After Time
13 Random guy in morgue Shot to the heart Unknown/The Streets All Due Respect
14 3 other dealers All shot to death Dazz and his crew All Due Respect
15 Pooh Bear Shot in both chests and mouth (off-screen murder) Marlo Stanfield Hamsterdam
16 Unseen Man Shot to death before or in 2004 (off-screen murder) Marlo Stanfield Hamsterdam
16 James Broadus Death unknown N/A Hamsterdam
18 Random dealer in Hamsterdam Shot in the head and torso A dealer of Barksdale Organization Slapstick
19 Dealer of Fruit's crew Shot in the head Barksdale Organization Reformation
20 Random Guy Death unknown N/A Refugees
21 2 random bodies in morgue Deaths unknown N/A Alliances
22 Random Guy Shot in the head N/A Unto Others
23 Albert Stokes' mother Death unknown (off-screen) N/A A New Day
24 Random guy in a vacant Shot to death Chris Partlow & Snoop Pearson That's Got His Own
25 15 more bodies in vacants All shot to death Possibly Christopher "Chris" Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Final Grades
26 Unknown elderly woman Natural/Unknown N/A Unconfirmed Reports
27 3 random bodies in morgue Deaths unknown N/A Unconfirmed Reports
28 Random junkie in morgue Drug overdose N/A Unconfirmed Reports
29 Random Junkie Drug overdose (McNulty serial killer tampering) N/A Unconfirmed Reports
30 Random Homeless Guy Natural causes N/A Transitions
31 Random Junkie Drug overdose N/A Transitions
32 Random Guy Death unknown N/A A Dickenhart Aspect
33 Random Homeless Guy Beaten to death The Homeless Guy who collects business cards Late Editions
34 Random Homeless Guy Beaten to death The Homeless Guy who collects business cards -30-
35 Random dead boy in the street. Shot in the chest N/A -30-

Notes

  • There are at least 87 deaths.
  • Christopher Partlow killed the most characters, although most were off-screen murders. He murdered eleven characters onscreen.
  • D'Angelo Barksdale was the only principal character to get killed by a one-episode character.
  • "Ebb Tide" has the most on-screen deaths 14.
  • Only one BPD officer is depicted murdering someone and the victim is another police officer.
  • Four characters died of a drug overdose.
  • T.T. was the youngest character to be killed off in The Wire.
  • Raymond Foerster was the only character to die of cancer.
  • Ray Cole was the only character to die of a heart attack.
  • Prez was the only character to kill another character (Derrick Waggoner) who was also a cop and he accidentally shot him when he didn't know he was part of the police.
  • Spiros Vondopoulos was the first starring character to kill another starring character, Frank Sobotka.
  • Omar was the second major character to kill another main character (Stringer Bell), although Brother Mouzone also killed Stringer.
  • 5 main characters were killed: D'Angelo Barksdale, Frank Sobotka, Russell Bell, Preston Broadus, and Omar Devon Little.
  • Snot Boogie was the first character to be murdered.
  • Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff was the last character to be murdered.
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