Erricka Bridgeford and others called for a 72-hour halt to the violence that has claimed the lives of more than 200 people in Baltimore so far this year, the fastest pace of violence in modern Baltimore history through July. Groups took the message to the streets, hosting dozens of events, staying out all night and offering food and services. The ceasefire was to end at midnight, reports the Baltimore Sun. Despite their efforts, four people were shot, two of them fatally, in Baltimore Saturday and Sunday.
“We are proud of the grassroots efforts this weekend with the Baltimore Ceasefire,” said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. “This has been a great conversation-starter and momentum-builder. Hopefully everyone who participated in events around the Baltimore Ceasefire will use this as energy to continue to move forward to do their part in driving down violence in our city.” During a church service that focused on the message of finding light in the darkness, Bridgeford outlined the successes of the movement she said had gained international recognition from supporters as far away as Portugal, Russia and China. Groups, families and individuals hosted more than 40 events over the course of the weekend to encourage an end to the violence, and “celebrate life on their own terms,” she said.