Thirty-Four Murders Since Freddie Gray's Death in Baltimore

Thirty-Four Murders Since Freddie Gray's Death in Baltimore

City has seen a 40 percent spike in homicide rate since last year.

Published May 20, 2015

While much of the attention surrounding the events in Baltimore have subsided, the city's residents are still suffering. In the 30 days following the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Sun reports that there have been 34 murders and more than 160 non-fatal shootings in West Baltimore.

Now police, government officials and the citizens of Baltimore are seeking resolution in the wake of the continued violence. Earlier this week, another shooting near the CVS that burned down during the initial riots in the city sparked Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to comment on violence in the city.

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“What we've seen over the past few weeks will not be tolerated," she said. "I want to assure the community that every available resource will be utilized to make our community safer."

The local Baltimore chapter of the NAACP is extending its services to help aid in the movement for a safer Baltimore with a new social media campaign: #BmoreCIVIL.

Although there has been more violence recently, up 40 percent from last year, the number of killings were cut in half from 2013 to 2014. The mayor credits this decline to a local program called Ceasefire.

"Ceasefire is a tool, we believe a very effective tool, in the crime fight, but crime is not statics,” says Kevin Harris, spokesperson for the mayor. "For every new reform or new initiative you put in place, people doing violence, they adjust their tactics as well."

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Written by By: George Chapman, Jr.

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