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5 lasting images from Baltimore riot

Devante Hill of Baltimore makes a heart with his hands after he was hit with pepper spray after someone threw a bottle at police.
Devante Hill of Baltimore makes a heart with his hands after he was hit with pepper spray after someone threw a bottle at police. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

The images from Baltimore's riot and its aftermath have been powerful.

Some of those snapshots in time will remain with us for years. Here's a look at five of them that will be tough to shake from our memory:

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5. Rioters throwing rocks at police. The initial footage from the scene as Monday's unrest began is difficult to forget. People on one side of the road grabbing rocks, bricks and chunks of broken curb and hurling them as hard as they could across the street, where police were positioned in riot gear.

4. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays on the street. A free concert from the city's talented musicians wasn't just an artistic treat, it was also a powerful moment as a crowd gathered outside the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, just a handful of blocks from the site of looting and destruction.

3. 159 fires. The three-alarm blaze in East Baltimore, for one, was encapsulating due to its enormity. But Baltimore fire crews were inundated Monday night into Tuesday, fighting some 144 vehicles ablaze, as well as 15 structures on fire.

2. Toya Graham. The Baltimore mom was captured on live television showing the world exactly how much she disapproved of her son's involvement in Monday's activities.

1. Community and police interacting positively. Whether it was residents and businesses providing food or water to officers or children high-fiving police on the street, the images of positive interactions were powerful — and they're the ones most of us probably would prefer to stay in our memory.

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