This year, the event took on a sense of urgency, as the smallest citizens spoke out praying for "innocent children and families that have been killed by guns." People prayed to stop the violence on the streets of Baltimore and for young people to know that the city is a city of hope.
Pastors also placed their hands on the City Hall's front door. Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said that she thinks the city needs to take up gun control measures, saying that "hand guns are the predominant cause of violence in our city."
Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa says, "We need to put more police on the street and we are doing that, so it's a lot of work to do but I'm encouraged about what we are doing so far in 2018."