The group M.O.M.S. (Mothers of Murdered Sons & Daughters of Maryland), together with the Edgewood Community Council, will hold an End of Violence Community Healing Night/Vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The event, which was already planned before Saturday's fatal shooting, will take place at the Edgewater Village basketball court on Brookside Drive, behind Save-a-lot supermarket on Route 40.
"With the recent spike in violence in the Edgewood area, we were approached to try and do something in the community," organizer Mildred Samy wrote in an e-mail to The Aegis.
Samy, whose son was killed in Edgewood violence six years ago, said Tuesday she went out again to talk with young people, sensing that some tension had returned to the Edgewater Village neighborhood.
"I felt like I was reliving that time again and I felt it was time to go back to the community and talk to them and try to stop some of this violence," Samy said. "We can do something, but we need to work together to get this under control."
Samy suspects the new violence is from gangs fighting over territory, and she said the new teenagers out there are not "the crew that I helped raise."
"This new breed that's out there kind of scares me, because they just don't care. They don't have any sense of human life," Samy said.
She went out to the neighborhood basketball court while putting up signs for her vigil.
"There were a lot of people on the basketball court and playing basketball, and I ventured down there and said, 'Can I talk to you guys for a minute?'" she said. "I told them, 'This stuff has to stop. A bullet has no name on it, so anybody can get hurt and we need to learn how to live together, and, really, what you are doing is you are going to make us extinct.'"
"They responded very well and they said, 'Yeah, you are right' and 'We hear you,'" she said, explaining: "I talk to them like I was one of them. I don't preach. They were listening to me and said they were going to try to come to this meeting."
Samy, who became known as the "lady with the horn" for driving around the area with a bullhorn, said the community needs to get the latest spate of violence "straightened out."
Samy said her daughter still lives near Grempler Way and she has watched her grandchildren be afraid to go outside and be "held hostage" in the house.
"This is a community. This is not a city. There's kids running around, it's summertime. The kids should be able to enjoy their summer. They don't need to be running around dodging bullets," she said.
Kahler said the Sheriff's Office is not involved with organizing the vigil Friday.
"While we will be in the area patrolling, we do not have a specific role in the vigil," she said.