Baltimore is an hour away from reaching a new mark

Baltimore Ceasefire

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the city was 71 hours into a three day community campaign calling for a ‘Ceasefire” and no one had been murdered.

This marked the third Ceasefire campaign ever. The campaign already proved most successful after Day 2.

In August 2017 the city went 41 hours without a homicide and in November 2017 the city lasted just over 24 hours without a murder.

On Saturday, community members participated in a number of anti-violence and community building activities across the city.

Many attended a prayer and healing walk that began in the northwest Baltimore area.

Dozens of people walked the streets, stopping to pray at more than a dozen locations where people have been killed.

“This is Baltimore standing in its strength and its power,” said Erricka Bridgeford, organizer of Baltimore Ceasefire. “Using its pain to do something good together.”

On Friday, dozens of people took part in community events across the city including a rally at the corner of Edmondson Avenue and Wildwood Parkway.

“I think it’s important to change the narrative,” said Michelle Duberry, who lives in Baltimore and brought her son to the event. “To change the conversations that we're having and to at least try to do something."

There have been 27 homicides in Baltimore so far in 2018. That’s about 10 less than this time last year.

Baltimore City Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, who represents District 8 also attended Friday’s rally.

“Violence has been a very traumatic experience for people through the city of Baltimore and not only in my district or in my neighborhood,” said Burnett.“ We want to create a culture of community engagement, people standing up for their neighborhoods, building relationships, ending violence.”

Baltimore Police reported responding to two, non-fatal shootings Sunday.

Baltimore Police Spokesperson TJ Smith tweeted Sunday evening,

“Six hours to go in the @BmoreCeasefire. There was a non fatal shooting earlier this afternoon. No homicides during the course of the #BaltimoreCeasefire as of this tweet. Let’s keep pushing. Together.”

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