Bridgeford said the goal of the Ceasefire to stop shootings and prevent any more deaths but it’s also to promote general peace.
“It’s not just about shootings, it’s just people being peaceful,” Bridgeford said. “Even just having people think twice about how they’re driving and how they might act in traffic.”
The Ceasefire features several events throughout the weekend including job fairs, a block party and a cookout. Throughout the weekend, participants also visit spots where people have been killed to hold a “sacred space ritual.” During the ritual, people chant, burn sage and touch the grass and trees.
One of the rituals will be held Friday afternoon at 1000 Valley St. in East Baltimore, where Jacquelyn Smith was killed in December. Initially, her husband, Keith Smith, said Jacquelyn was fatally stabbed after giving money to a panhandler. Police have since arrested and charged Keith Smith, 52, and his daughter Valeria Smith, 28, in Jacquelyn’s death.
Jacquelyn's brother Marcel Trisvan, who lives in Havre de Grace, said Friday he was unaware of the event but that the family continues to grieve.