Bonnie Mooney's son struggled for several years with a heroin addiction, but after stints in rehab and prison had recovered to the point that he could work again as an electrician.
Marleta House struggled for years to stop hating the Baltimore police officer who shot and killed her husband in 1999 after mistaking his cellphone for a gun. "I don't hate him now," said House, who lives in Dundalk. "He has to answer to a higher power."
Political and police leaders said they saw Preakness as an opportunity to celebrate a city battered by the turmoil over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered what ultimately was a fatal spinal injury after he was arrested on April 12.
Widespread outrage over the death of Freddie Gray gave way to impromptu celebrations Friday after Baltimore's chief prosecutor filed criminal charges against the six police officers who arrested him, drove him to a police station and ignored his pleas for medical help.
As protests over the death of Freddie Gray continued without major incident and Baltimore police announced an early conclusion to their investigation, civil rights activists and restaurants angled to get the curfew lifted.
As masses of mostly peaceful demonstrators marched on City Hall, officials on Wednesday began their own offensive to prevent violence from flaring again Friday, when police are expected to turn their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray over to prosecutors.
Chris Everett wants the world to know that Baltimore is more than looted buildings, protesters lobbing rocks and police in riot gear.
In a funeral service that was both personal and political, family, friends and strangers alike said farewell on Monday to Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death from injuries sustained in police custody has sparked a national furor.