I began this column the morning after six people were killed overnight (Monday night into early Tuesday morning June 12-13), another gruesome aftermath, linked to a recent torrent of violence, during this the most murderous year so far in our city’s history.
The past two weekends living in West Baltimore have seemed particularly harrowing even in neighborhoods that endure peril like ubiquitous summer humidity. We have been tortured by the horrible din of a city seemingly under siege; incessant staccato gunfire, Foxtrot helicopters whizzing overhead, the constant wail of sirens from police, fire and ambulance.
In fact, the last couple of weekends have reminded me of my summers returning home from college to work as a lifeguard in the 1980’s, when the crack epidemic imploded cities like Baltimore. Uzi submachine gun fire echoed throughout neighborhoods just a couple of blocks from where I grew up off of Gwynns Falls Parkway and Foxtrot searchlights flooded my bedroom almost on a nightly basis.
“My son was driving me home from work one day and he said…, ‘Mommy, did you know that the murder rate is higher than it’s been in our history?’ And I said, ‘Nope, I didn’t know that’ and I went on a rant about, you know, what organizations should be doing and why aren’t people using their street cred to do this and that and a third,” Bridgeford said. “And so, I woke up on another side of the bed the next day and said, ‘If I’m fussing about what somebody else should be doing, then that means I need to be accountable to do it myself and not only that, but reach out to those people that I’m fussing about,’” she added.
Currently, we are at 200 homicides in Baltimore City and need to support the Baltimore Ceasefire efforts to have ceasefire and no homicides during the period of August 4th thru August 6th. Please consider joining the College Team and show that BCCC is an active partner in this effort. We have lost several students over the years and student’s have lost loved ones as a result of this senseless violence. Your participation is your chance to get involved to say enough is enough!
WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 2017 REGISTRATION: 8:30AM – 9:30AM RALLY: 9:30AM – 9:45AM
WALK & PRAYER: 9:45AM
ESTIMATE END TIME: 11AM
WHERE: Frederick Douglass High School 2301 Gwynns Falls Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21217
THE WALK ROUTE:
The walk route will bring walkers to locations where there have been shooting death’s in 2017. It’s a 2.3 mile loop. Participants will say the names of all victims and have a moment of remembrance at each stop.
Frederick Douglass High School
Shooting (March 27): Ernest Soloman, 26 years old, 2400 Reisterstown Rd.
Shooting (May 31): Donta Culp, 38 years old, 2000 N. Monroe St
Shooting (January 28): Maryus Smith, Jr, 31 years old, 1900 N. Monroe St.
Shooting (February 1): Brandon Anderson, 21 years old, 1700 N. Bentalou St
Shooting (January 3): Davonte Jackson, 24 years old, 1600 N. Bentalou St
Shooting (July 5): George Thompson, 43 years old, 1600 Ruxton Ave
Shooting (May 29): Troy Horton, Jr, 30 years old, 1700 Ruxton Ave
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