On Nov. 30, the number of homicides reached 318, the same as the total for 2016, and almost immediately surpassed it. On Dec. 27, the city reached 343 homicides and a new record for killings per capita. It was a continuation of a rise that began in 2015, when violence in the city spiked after the rioting that followed the police-custody fatal injury of Freddie Gray. Even in a city that can seem numbed by unrelenting homicides, a number of killings drew particular outrage: On June 12, Charmaine Wilson was shot in West Baltimore after calling police to report that one of her eight children was being bullied and his bike seat was stolen. There was a rise in elderly victims, including 97-year-old Waddell Tate, who was killed in July in his home in an East Baltimore neighborhood where he was known as “Pop-Pop.” In November, a Locust Point man was killed during a robbery after he stopped by a convenience store for a snack after work. Living and working in an area that had experienced a rash of violent crime, the 41-year-old had told co-workers at a Federal Hill restaurant that if he were targeted, he wouldn’t go down without a fight. The relentless violence prompted a West Baltimore woman, Erricka Bridgeford, to call for a 72-hour ceasefire in August and again in November, drawing much support for her simple message: “Nobody kill anybody.” Even though the homicides didn’t end, Bridgeford has said the effort has encouraged people not to give in to despair and accept rampant violence as a given.