In May, the city of Baltimore reported the highest number of homicides since 1996. Jennifer Jeffrey-Browne, 31, and her 7-year-old son were the most recent homicide victims. They were shot to death Thursday (May 28) in their home.
"I cannot think of who would want her dead," Danielle Wilder, Jeffrey-Browne's sister, told the Baltimore Sun. Police are still uncovering a motive behind the shooting. The police found the bodies of the mother and son after responding to a call of gunshots Thursday morning. They were pronounced dead at their home.
Browne lived at the home in Southwest Baltimore for five years and got married to the father of her son a month ago, WBALTV reports.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is calling the deaths a "tragedy" and said that swift action needs to be taken to turn down a spike in violence since the killing of Freddie Gray by six police officers in April. There have been 38 homicides in May.
"There is a small number of very violent individuals who, if let unchecked not just by the police but by the community, will continue to bring destruction and violence into our communities," Rawlings-Blake said.
The president of a Baltimore police union said that the unrest has allowed criminals to "feel empowered" and that officers are "afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty."
A Baltimore police officer, who hid his identity, appeared on Fox New's Sean Hannity show and told the host that violence will only increase this summer as police presence slows in these communities. "After the protests, it seems like the citizens would appreciate a lack of police presence, and that's exactly what they're getting," the officer said. "No proactive policing right now."
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(Photo: WBAL-TV, NBC Local News, Baltimore)