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Ceasefire weekend underway after violent October

260+ people killed so far in 2018
Posted at 7:33 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 07:33:17-04

Another call to stop the violence as Baltimore's murder rate continues to rise. The group 'Baltimore Ceasefire' wants no one to kill anyone for 72 hours starting on Friday.

The ceasefire weekends are a when organizers ask people to make a commitment to be non-violent throughout the three-day weekend. That includes in their thoughts, words, as well as actions. They want people to think about how to resolve conflicts differently by talking out their problems with each other.

Ceasefire weekends are usually held Mother's Day weekend, the first weekend in February, August, and November. 

Having a ceasefire weekend may come as some consolation for neighbors frustrated with the violence happening in the city.

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"It's getting higher and higher each month, but I just hope something going to happen in the future," said Britney Neal. 

"Until it starts at home, with empathy and compassion for others, until those things are taught at home, respect, it will continue to be the way it is," said George Spradlin.

This weekend's events include a unity concert, a remembrance event, and a peace walk in an effort to bring awareness and unity to the community. 

So far this year, around 260 people have been killed with October being an especially violent month.

The first Baltimore ceasefire started last August and there have been five others since then:

  • First Ceasefire: August 4-6, 2017 - Three shot, two killed

  • Second Ceasefire: November 3-5, 2017 - One shot, one killed

  • Third Ceasefire: February 2-4, 2018 - No shootings

  • Fourth Ceasefire: May 11-13, 2018 - No shootings 

  • Fifth Ceasefire: August 3-5, 2018 - Four shot, one killed