Over the weekend, organizers held a long list of community-building events across the city during the fourth Baltimore Ceasefire, a locally driven call for a weekend without gun violence.
And in that time, no Baltimorean was killed in a shooting or stabbing.
On social media, organizers posted the following message: “The May 2018 Baltimore Ceasefire ended at 11:59pm, on May 13. At that time, Baltimore completed 4 days without having any murders due to shootings or stabbings!! PLUS, Baltimore threw over 45 events to celebrate life!”
It was the fourth 72-hour ceasefire since August 2017, orchestrated with the simple plea of “Nobody Kill Anybody,” and the second in a row during which nobody died as a result of gun violence.
Events included a free movie night, barbecues, art exhibits, a block party, seminars on record expungement, a prayer walk and much more.
The city did not go without any homicides, however. A 35-year-old woman was charged in the death of her 2-month-old son, Jawuan Pinkeny.
Baltimore City Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said the efforts of Baltimore Ceasefire organizers are still making a difference.
The members of @BmoreCeasefire, @Erricka, do a fantastic job bringing awareness to this issue. Those naysayers who say, “bad guys don’t care about this” are wrong. A magic wand isn’t going to change this overnight, but persistence and consistency will.
— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) May 14, 2018
The shooting Smith mentioned occurred at about 4 a.m. this morning. Officers responded to the 4400 block of 6th Street for a car crash and found a man inside suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
As WBAL-TV notes, this Ceasefire came after a violent April, which saw 34 homicides in 30 days.
One of the public faces of the movement, organizer and community mediator Erricka Bridgeford, told the station the gains that have been made are the result of lots of planning and work between each Baltimore Ceasefire.
“To just keep every three months injecting this city with hope and action and people helping each other get the resources they need, it’s the work in between each ceasefire weekend that matters,” she said. “We can’t just show up every three months and go, ‘Hey, don’t kill anybody.'”
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