Baltimore’s ‘Nobody Kill Anybody’ Ceasefire Campaign Marred by 2 Homicides
An inaugural event to curb murders in one of America’s most violent cities was interrupted by the killings of two men on Saturday, though organisers insist that the ‘Baltimore ceasefire’ has not ended.
Community leaders had called for a 72-hour ceasefire in the crime ravaged Maryland city, hoping to stem the tide of murder for three days from Friday to Sunday. However, police confirmed on Saturday that three men had been shot, two of which died from their injuries.
The unnamed victims, 37 and 24, were both murdered on Saturday in separate incidents in a city which recorded a staggering 207 murders for the first seven months of 2017.
The ceasefire, also known as the ‘Nobody kill anybody’ weekend, is the brainchild of Erricka Bridgeford, a woman who witnessed her first murder on the streets of Baltimore when she was 12.
Both Bridgeford’s brother and step-son were victims of murder in her hometown.