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Inside the Radical Community Response to Baltimore's Spiking Murder Rate

The conceit of Ceasefire is simple: Nobody kill anybody for 72 hours.
Erricka Bridgeford (right) cries at the "Stop the Violence" rally during the 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire against gun violence.
Erricka Bridgeford (right) cries at the "Stop the Violence" rally during the 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire against gun violence.Sait Serkan Gurbuz/Reuters

Forty-one hours into a 72-hour ceasefire called by a group of Baltimore citizens, someone shot Lamontrey Tynes, a 24-year-old African American man. Tynes was the 209th person murdered in Baltimore this year.

“Everybody got the wind knocked out of them that weekend hearing that news,” Erricka Bridgeford, one of the people behind the Ceasefire movement, says of Tynes’s murder. “It made us realize that we hadn’t reacted to hearing about murder before like that and we must have been numb.”