BALTIMORE - Baltimore's homicide rate for 2014 spiked to 28 this month despite the fact the latest victim died from injuries initially sustained almost 32 years ago.
Tsambikos Diakoloukas was shot on Aug. 17, 1982 in the 400 block of South Caroline St. City police said he was shot once in the head and once in the hand during an armed robbery.
Officers found Diakoloukas, who was 48 at the time, unconscious and not alert. He had severe brain injury and never fully recovered from the shooting. He died in Dec. 13, 2013 at the age of 79, although his death wasn't officially ruled a homicide until the following month.
Police said preliminarily the head injury likely contributed to his death, but he also had pneumonia at the time.
Police said William Lawrence and Walter Heath, both 17 at the time, were charged with assault, armed robbery and other related charges in connection with the case.
Despite the time that lapsed between Diakoloukas getting shot and his death, he will be included in 2014's homicide rate as the FBI requires law enforcement agencies to count deaths in the year police confirm the cause of death.