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Vigil ends Ceasefire weekend in Baltimore during which two are killed and two are injured in shootings

Baltimore City ended the first full weekend of November with two people killed and two injured during a “Ceasefire weekend.” The deaths, which were memorialized during a vigil Sunday night, brought the city’s yearly homicide total to 284.

Baltimore Ceasefire365, a city-wide effort to stop all killings for a 72-hour period, calls quarterly Ceasefire weekends on the first weekend for the months of February, August and November, and Mother’s Day weekend in May.

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On Saturday, at approximately 4:31 a.m., officers were in the 1900 block of Grinnalds Ave. when they heard gunshots coming from the 2400 block of Carroll St.

Officers responded and found a 22-year-old man seated in a Honda Crosstour suffering from gunshot wounds.

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Declan Rees of Baltimore, a Ceasefire ambassador, lights candles to start a vigil organized by Good Kids Mad City outside City Hall to remember victims of violence in Baltimore this year. More than 285 names were read.
Declan Rees of Baltimore, a Ceasefire ambassador, lights candles to start a vigil organized by Good Kids Mad City outside City Hall to remember victims of violence in Baltimore this year. More than 285 names were read. (Kenneth K. Lam)

According to police, medics arrived and transported the victim to Shock Trauma where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Ceasefire365 Founder Errika Bridgeford visited the location of the victim’s death to “honor his life and bless the space."

“We show up to honor the individual where [a] homicide took place to pour love and light into the situation, neighborhood and the family," Bridgeford said.

“If a killing happens during a Ceasefire weekend, we also reach out to the family offer monetary love," she added.

Bridgeford also joined youth-led group Good Kids Mad City at a vigil Sunday evening to honor those killed and to help people handle their trauma. The event was held in conjunction with the Ceasefire weekend.

About 20 people gathered outside City Hall and watched as youth organizers lit candles and recited the names of every homicide victim this year. One of the organizers, Destini Philpot, encouraged attendees to not feel hopeless about Baltimore and to remember the good the city has to offer.

The 20-year-old pointed toward organizations like Ceasefire that help bring healing and joy. Philpot also emphasized the importance of how young people and youth aid in promoting peace and paving the way for the next generation of people.

Free Palmese, center, is among about 50 people who gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night. Palmese lost her son Aaron Palmese in May 2018.
Free Palmese, center, is among about 50 people who gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night. Palmese lost her son Aaron Palmese in May 2018. (Kenneth K. Lam)

“It doesn’t start with us, but it will end with us,” Philpot said. “We are the now and the future. We are more than our trauma. It might be a part of us, but it does not define you.”

On Saturday afternoon, around 12 p.m., the Southeast District responded to a call at a barbershop in the 1700 block of Fleet St. for a shooting.

Officers located an 18-year-old man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his groin, and a 17-year-old male who had a graze wound to his head. Both victims were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

“The two victims got into a verbal argument inside the barbershop. Both victims pulled out firearms and shot one another,” police wrote in a news release. “Both are being treated at the hospital, in police custody, pending charges,” the release added.

Later, around midnight, the Baltimore Police Department Eastern District arrived at Johns Hopkins Hospital where a shooting victim had recently been dropped off. Officers located an unidentified male victim who had been shot in the head, but he was pronounced dead soon after.

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According to police, the person who dropped the victim off did not remain at the hospital.

District homicide unit detectives are investigating this death and are asking residents with information to call 410-396-2100.

Bridgeford said that due to the police not knowing the location of where the victim was shot, her organization is unable to show up and honor the individual’s life. But when the information from the investigation becomes available, organizers plan to do so.

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