MOMS pleading for cease to violence for Mother's Day

There have been 122 homicides in 2017
Posted at 11:25 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 07:18:31-04

The violence in Baltimore continues to worsen. 

"We're starting off this year very bad with the amount of homicides that are happening," founder of Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters, Daphne Alston said.

Homicides are becoming all too common in our neighborhoods. For Mother's Day, city residents and leaders are asking for a cease fire, in hopes that no mothers will lose their children this weekend. MOMS teamed up with Johns Hopkins University for a cease fire; a plea to put the guns down. 

Alston, who lost her son nine years ago, hopes other mothers will be able to spend time with their children on Sunday. 

"We're just asking the young men and women and saying please put your guns down please let us have some peace in our lives and have a happy Mother's Day," she said. 

She's also experienced one too many candlelight vigils for people gunned down, like the one held Wednesday night for Charles Frasier. He was killed May 3 at Fulton and Baker Streets.

"We're here to declare that the killings must stop in the community," said Reverend Keith Bailey, Fraiser's godfather.

Frasier is one of the 122 homicides in the city. It's a trend police are working to reverse, but those left behind don't know how anything will change.

"Everyone is born to die but when they're gone too soon and to see my grandmother hurting, because her baby boy is gone, it really hits home," Danielle Marshall, Frasier's niece said.

The MOMS cease fire starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Monument and Broadway. The goal is to have 48 hours without gun violence in the city.