On Nov. 18, shortly before 5 p.m., 17-year-old Annapolis resident Terry Bosley was shot and killed while walking on President Street near Van Buren Street. At this time, indications are that Terry was walking with a group of people he knew and one of them shot him, leaving him for dead.
This is a tragic, violent death of a young person in our community. Each homicide is detrimental to the well-being of our community and a homicide should never be routine.
We must challenge ourselves to think of this senseless act every day and feel the pain of the parents and family members. Then we must challenge ourselves to get involved, not tomorrow or after the holidays, but today, right now
We need our community to stand together and discuss what occurs on the playgrounds, in the parks, on the streets and in the alleys. We need to be responsible and create a conversation that addresses our youth being murdered, because by not saying anything, we become part of the problem.
So far this year, seven people have been murdered in Annapolis and 10 people were murdered last year. Sadly, the majority of the victims and suspects have been young men in their teens and 20s. On both sides, lives are ruined and families are devastated by the violence.
The police department cannot solve these homicides alone. We want to work together with the community to find solutions because we cannot arrest our way out of this.
I am angry and frustrated, and trust me, if I could stop the murders, I would. I know many others in Annapolis are angry and frustrated too, so what can we do? We need to embrace our community as a whole, work together to find solutions and the more people who get involved, the better.
The more resources we can find to bring to the table, the better. The more participation, the better.
I offer the following suggestion as an option for all of us to come together, working side-by-side to protect each member of our community. I invite you all to attend our next community meeting in Eastport at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rosalie Mitchell Community Center at 1014 President St.
We will be providing the latest information about the murder of Terry Bosley as well as information about Neighborhood Watch. The community needs your help, input and involvement. Your participation is crucial to our success. I urge everyone reading this to show up and show your community that we stand united.
If you have any information about the murder of Terry Bosley, please contact our detectives at 410-260-3439 or, at the very least, provide an anonymous tip through Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Scott Baker is the chief of police in the city of Annapolis.