BALTIMORE, Md. — It was supposed to be a night of peace and healing, but instead a vigil for a Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student was canceled because of gunshots and more blood spilling in neighboring communities.
17-year-old Corey Mosely was the last victim on the last day of 2018.
He was a father to a one-year-old boy who will never get to know his dad.
The same day he was killed he ate breakfast at Marques Dent’s house.
“We talked about how he was going to finish his last year at Dunbar,” Dent said. “He was A former football player just a really good kid, lots of jokes, lots of fun with him. It’s just sad that this happened.”
Dent's nephew was Corey's best friend.
They were all planning on ringing in the new year together.
Instead they were left to wonder where he was— until medics found him dead on arrival two hours before the new year.
The wound is fresh in this community— they were supposed to hold a vigil at the school Thursday night.
A man being killed around the corner on E. Biddle Street put Dunbar on lock-down.
The shots continued an hour later a few blocks away where two 18-year-old men were shot.
The violence putting a vigil so essential to healing for the family and community on hold.
“They can’t even really go to school and they can’t even grieve properly without the threat of more violence,” said Dent. “We cannot have that it should not be the case.”
A 17-year-old dead.
Every drop of blood driving a community and a city further apart.
“We got a temporary issue murder is a permanent solution,” Dent said. “You can never come back for that ever at all. Corey is never going to be here again. A lot of other folks who lost their lives last year are never going to be here again.”