The Baltimore Ceasefire parade Saturday was about unity, a show of pride in community in the face of so much carnage, and a message of hope after three years in a row of more than 300 annual killings, attendees said. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun video)

Organizers are urging a three-day period of peace during the fourth Baltimore Ceasefire event of the year this weekend.

Branded with the slogan, “Nobody kill anybody,” the quarterly call for a weekend without homicides returns Nov. 2-4.


This Ceasefire comes as the city has seen 259 homicides in 2018, according to the Baltimore Police Department. The count was previously higher, but police reclassified two killings, and a third victim who was originally listed as dead was not actually killed.

In the last three months, there have been 96 killings, according to data collected by The Baltimore Sun.

The grassroots movement celebrated its one-year anniversary in August, while the Ceasefire weekend in February was the first in which no one was killed over the designated 72-hour period.

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One year later, Ceasefire events are now held quarterly, and city and neighborhood leaders agree the event has made a positive difference in the city’s fight against crime.

Last year there were 342 homicides in Baltimore, marking the deadliest year per capita in the city.

This weekend’s Ceasefire will include a series of events aimed at promoting peace, including a unity concert by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students, a remembrance event in Brooklyn, chances for participants to make and share art related to peace, and a peace walk.

The full list of events is available on the Baltimore Ceasefire website.