What Baltimore was talking about in 2015

Posted at 11:44 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 11:57:55-05

There were plenty of buzz worthy stories in Baltimore and around the country this year. From April's riots following the death of Freddie Gray, to recording the highest murder rate per capita in Baltimore City, to reports of mold and other health hazards in county schools, and the legalization of gay marriage.

Here's some of the stories people were talking about most on ABC2 Facebook pages this year.

During the April riots, many images surfaced, mostly those of violence, theft and destruction. These images captured by reporter Amy Aubert offered a moment of peace and solidarity during a turbulent time. A large group of people gathered with police at Security Square Mall for a moment of prayer. Amy's post was shared over 8,400 times and received more than 10,000 likes. 

Related: Coverage of Baltimore riots

In October, Jamie Costello received a heart warming story from Kat Grandstaff-Bradford trying to thank three young men for helping her and her elderly mother, Joyce, following the Ravens-Steelers game in Pittsburgh. Three men, all in Flacco jerseys, noticed Kat and her mother still at their seats several minutes after the end of the game. One of the men, Shawn told Joyce that he would help her down the stairs of the upper deck. Kat said she never got to properly thank Shawn and took to social media to find him.  

Jamie's post generated over 750 comments of praise and well wishes. The post was also shared more than 6,800 times. 

The next post was an exclusive video captured by ABC2 multimedia journalist Manny Locke. Toya Graham saw her son throwing rocks at police on television. That didn't sit well with her. Later she was captured striking her son and dragging him from the protests. This post generated more than 650 comments and 2,400 shares. 

See also: Toya Graham, mom who slapped son at Baltimore protests, speaks with ABC2

Kendal Fenwick, a father of three, died protecting his children from drug dealer invading his neighborhood. Fenwick's story was trending on social media for several days. This post from Kelly Swoope sums it up: This story will break you heart. It was shared over 1,700 times with more than 750 comments. 

Related: Police call murder victim Kendal Kenwick a 'model citizen'

The Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage brought with it a fair amount of controversy, including a Kentucky clerk's office employee's decision to deny a same-sex couple's marriage license. Kim Davis cited religious conviction in her refusal to issue the marriage license. Charley Crowson's post prompted social media to give their thoughts and people certainly did. Charley's post received over 900 comments. 

See also: Judge order clerk who refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples to jail