The following is a list of all deaths in The Wire.
Before The Wire
|#||Deceased||Cause of Death||Date of Death||Murderer||Episode Referenced|
|1||Elijah Davis||Shot to death||1990||Dennis "Cutty" Wise||Time After Time, date confirmed on Final Grades|
|2||Pooh Blanchard||Shot in self defense||October or September 2001||D'Angelo Barksdale||The Target|
|3||Omar Isaiah "Snot Boogie" Betts||Shot to death||10 minutes before series start||Unknown||The Target|
Season 1 (2002)
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 and Butchie||Hot Shots|
|4||D'Angelo Barksdale||Strangled to death||Mugs||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||Alcohol poisoning||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)
Season 5 (2008)
|#||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-|
- 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.