Sheila Dixon

Amid record violence, worried Baltimoreans see a city in crisis

Amid record violence, worried Baltimoreans see a city in crisis

After Keisha Peaks' boyfriend was shot to death on a street in Reservoir Hill, she tried to be honest with their 8-year-old son. But as he asked probing questions about the unsolved killing, she had a few of her own.

"Will it happen to my son?" she remembers thinking. And "when will it stop?"

Two years into a historic spike in Baltimore's violence, with 2017 on pace to be the city's deadliest year ever, those concerns are widespread.

The Baltimore Sun reached out last week to more than two dozen people who live and work here — community members, business executives, faith leaders, elected officials, police officers and others. Many said they see the...

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