Dorothy Scriber, whose son Louis Scott was fatally shot on Aug. 30, 2010, said “our children are being swallowed up” by the streets. She urged the youth of the city to recognize the need for change to end the violence.
“You can change. You have to make a change in your life… this is not the answer,” she said.
Dedrah Johnson spoke about how violence has forever changed her life. Her 20-year-old son, Dejuane M. Beverley, was killed on August 8 in Baltimore County. She said he recently had been promoted at his job at the airport, escorting elderly passengers, when he was shot near Liberty Road, just outside the city line.
Johnson said she came to the event to make a difference, to hopefully inspire youth to seek help instead of resorting to violence.