A pole is decorated as a memorial for Davon Dorsey, one of 10 victims in several shootings over Memorial Day weekend. A violent holiday weekend continued into June as two more people were killed in the city June 1. It was one of the deadliest stretches in the city in recent years with 10 slain since May 29. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said most of the crimes appeared to be linked to "minor, petty disputes that got out of control" and that other crimes, including burglaries, robberies and aggravated assaults, were down markedly over the holiday weekend despite the bloodshed."We have to have the ability to get together, to enjoy ourselves over the holiday without it turning into ... arguments that turn into shootings," said Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake. "We have to want more for ourselves in our community than this type of lawlessness." The 10 killings in four days appeared to be the deadliest such span since 2007. Since then, the city has seen a nearly 20 percent decrease in homicides. In spite of the violent weekend, killings in Baltimore are down 15 percent compared with the same time last year.
Peter Hermann, BALTIMORE SUN