Another Baltimore Murder-Free Weekend Goes As Expected
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Baltimore's city government hosted a "No Murder Weekend" – urging its citizens to lay off killing each other for a measly 72 hours.
Unfortunately for Baltimore, "No Murder Weekend" was over just 45 minutes into what officially constitutes a "weekend."
At 12:45 am, an unknown assailant shot and killed an off-duty Washington, DC police officer in Panway/Braddish Avenue neighborhood. First responders found the mortally wounded cop found alongside a woman, shot in the leg.
The woman, whose name wasn't released, is expected to survive, but the Officer, Tony Mason, Jr. died in the hospital.
Undeterred, residents of Baltimore pushed forward with the ceasefire weekend.
On Saturday, Israel Baptist Church organized a day-long basketball tournament, involving free food, in hopes of attracting young men – and keeping them out of trouble.
Later that day, Ellen Gee, one of the co-organizers of "No Murder Weekend' visited the scene of Mason's shooting, dressed in white to burn sage, a practice she hoped would cleanse the negative energy from the area.
Also, tens of thousands of posters and leaflets appeared around Baltimore with citizens urging their neighbors to help them take back the streets from violence.
While "No Murder Weekend" didn't last long without murders, it's an encouraging that members of the community are taking matters into their own hands.
Activists planned the "ceasefire" weekend to help draw attention to Baltimore's soaring murder rate.