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Rawlings-Blake: I won't let violent weekend deter my resolve

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks about the violence affecting the city and recently affecting the family of Baltimore City Council President Jack Young.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that the city would continue stepped-up efforts to quell crime after this weekend's violence, including three killings, and she called on the community to help.

"I'm not going to let a violent weekend deter my resolve to continue to make Baltimore a safer city," she said. "It's what the citizens of the city deserve, and it's what I'll continue to work for."

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Rawlings-Blake, speaking after the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service event at the AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps Atlantic Regional Campus in Baltimore, said she had been in touch with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts as he redeployed units to curb the weekend's crime.

Batts "is working to put more resources on the street and to also continue to do the analytics and try to get leads on those cases," she said. "We continue to ask the community for help as well. These crimes won't be solved without community input, so we're really hoping for more help from community members."

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The number of homicides stands at 54 so far this year, eight more than last year at this time.

Rawlings-Blake said she had been in touch with City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, whose nephew was among those killed over the weekend.

"Unfortunately, my family has been impacted by violence as well — I've lost cousins over the past two years to violence in our streets, so I understand the pain of loss and it really motivates my work," she said.

Young's spokesman, Lester Davis, said Young returned to work Tuesday after spending the last several days with family.

"He's spent the bulk of this week serving as a support system for his sister and extended family members," Davis said. "His focus has been on support for the family."

Young announced funeral arrangements for his nephew on his Facebook page. A public viewing will be held for Steven Jackson, 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Triumph Christian Church in Baltimore.

An earlier version of this article misstated the location of the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service event. The Sun regrets the error.

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