Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Death in Waverly doomed to be repeated, unless we stop it [Letter]

A terrible thing happened in Waverly this month. An innocent precious little girl was taken from us due to violence ("Funeral today for 3-year-old Baltimore girl killed by gunfire," Aug. 8). The community with politicians at their side are uniting and taking a stand to the senseless violence.

But will it work?

Thirty-nine years ago, an elderly women, Millie Alcarese, who lived in the same neighborhood, was walking up to Greenmount Avenue when she was jumped and robbed (stealing her pocketbook) by three punk thugs. Millie fell to the ground in the attack, her head crashing to the concrete. She died later that day.

Then-Mayor William Donald Shaefer chimed in on the violence. The thugs were caught. In their defense it was suggested Millie aided her own demise by holding onto her pocketbook. If she had let go she would not have fallen.

The day following this attack neighborhood tensions grew. Racial lines were drawn. Mayor Shaefer intervened. As time passed memories faded and the issue seem to be overcome by events, except for the family that will never forget.

Shortly after Millie's death, her cousin Alphonso Alcarese was robbed and beaten in his shoe repair shop on Gorsuch Avenue, a short distance from Millie's mugging. Not long after that Mr. Alcarese closed his shop.

Four years later Mr. Alcarese's wife Daniella was a passenger in a car that was carjacked by another punk thug. The driver was thrown from the car, and Mrs. Alcarese, half in and out of the car, was wedged when the car struck another parked car. All this happened in Waverly on Gorsuch Avenue. The criminal ran from the crashed vehicle but by chance a guardian angel was in the area. He saw the commotion, chased and caught the thug and took the upper hand in a physical confrontation.

Emotions are currently running high and rightfully so. However, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake needs to ensure there is a viable curative plan in place. The community needs to demand to see that plan or otherwise 39 years from now it is likely someone will be taking the time to write another article like this because of senseless violence.

William F. Alcarese, Baltimore

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Low hiring standards lead to police brutality
    Low hiring standards lead to police brutality

    I've lived in and around Baltimore for all of my 73 years. My opinion on the problems with our police and fire departments lies with recruiting practices ("U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to review Baltimore Police Dept.," Oct. 21). As a young man I never heard of the problems we're now...

  • Cameras on cops
    Cameras on cops

    There was no small irony in Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's veto Monday of a City Council bill that would have required city police to be equipped with body cameras. For one thing, the mayor herself has said she supports the idea of officers wearing the devices to record their...

  • Black police patrol cars are in appropriate for city law enforcement
    Black police patrol cars are in appropriate for city law enforcement

    I had the pleasure this year of spending most of April through mid-October in Maine. I drove back and forth to Baltimore quite a bit, over 12,000 miles. I noticed various state patrols had switched to the black, "bad boy" cars with the new low profile light array, which seemed clever and...

  • Man found shot, killed on Ensor Street Saturday morning
    Man found shot, killed on Ensor Street Saturday morning

    A man was found Saturday morning on Ensor Street having suffered a fatal gunshot wound, according to Baltimore City Police.

  • Study shows body cameras can work
    Study shows body cameras can work

    Letter writer Jim Giza plays down the value of body cameras, but the U.S. Department of Justice site to which he refers readers clearly does not ("Don't throw money at body cameras," Oct. 31). In September, the agency published a review, "Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations...

  • Make city leaders wear cameras, too
    Make city leaders wear cameras, too

    It appears the politicians want the police body camera program to ensure our officers are doing their job correctly and without undue force ("City Hall theater," Nov. 19). If this is such a great idea for the police, I suggest the same can be said for our elected officials.

Comments
Loading