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The 8 most popular ABC2 stories of 2015

Posted: 9:47 AM, Dec 31, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-31 23:18:33Z

The news wasn’t so good in Baltimore this year.

As of Dec. 30, there were 343 homicides in the city, making it the deadliest year since the early 1990s. In April, the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while riding in a police van, sparked days of unrest.

The year ended with the mistrial of one of the six officers accused in Gray’s death, and pleas from Baltimore Police for the public to help find two suspects in a murder that happened Dec. 28.

As we look ahead to a fresh start in 2016, we take a look back at the stories -- both good and bad -- that impacted our lives over the past year.

Here’s a look at the most clicked upon stories on abc2news.com in 2015.

 

Video: Mom beats child for throwing rocks at Baltimore Police

When ABC2 News photojournalist Manny Locke got video of Baltimore mom Toya Graham smacking her teenage son for participating in April’s unrest, the footage immediately went viral, and Graham was dubbed “mom of the year” by some.

“When the cameras are not there and it’s just me and my son and I’m trying to show him right from wrong, and then you get to a situation like that and you see him doing wrong you just react, because you teach him better than that,” Graham later told ABC2 News.

Graham was unemployed at the time of the riots, and once the video hit the web, she received job offers, plus plenty of offers of money and gift cards.

Two months ago, though, she said she’s still trying to stay afloat .

 

The skinny on Shakeology

Shakeology, a popular diet craze involving meal replacement shakes, was all over social media this year. ABC2 In Focus reporter Trang Do talked to Shakeology fans as well as a dietician about whether the shakes actually work.

It was the second most popular story of 2015.

 

Johns Hopkins lacrosse player Jeremy Huber found dead in his dorm room

Freshman Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse player Jeremy Huber was found dead in his room in January. He was enrolled in Johns Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and was interested in majoring in cognitive science.

There was no evidence of any crime, police said.

RELATED: Former teammates mourn Johns Hopkins lacrosse player Jeremy Huber

 

Police call murder victim a ‘model citizen’

Kendal Fenwick was murdered in November while protecting his children from drug dealers in his city neighborhood.

“He knew that they were drug dealers in this area and along this block. He, on his own, erected a fence to prevent them from going back and forth through his yard and that obviously didn't sit too well with these drug dealers,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told ABC2 News.

Fenwick was shot eight times in what police believe was a confrontation with those dealers.

 

Student charged with attempted murder in vicious Frederick Douglass High School lunchroom fight

This story stemmed from yet another viral video in 2015. Student Sean Johnson, 17, is accused of beating another student until he had convulsions, and other students recorded it and posted the footage to social media.

Parents were shocked.

"It's sad. It's really, really sad. The kids can't come to school to learn. I thought learning used to be fun. I know it was when I was in school. Even when I worked here as a cafeteria worker, it was crazy then, but not as crazy as it is now," area resident Terry McCree said.

 

Freddie Gray protesters clash with Baltimore Police at Camden Yards

At least two people were hurt and three people were detained when protests broke out near Camden Yards in April over the death of Freddie Gray.

Protesters threw cans and plastic bottles in the direction of police officers. One protester broke out the window of a police cruiser, grabbed a police hat inside and wore it while standing on top of the cruiser with several other protesters, according to reports at the time.

The unrest continued the following week, when Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody earlier that month, was buried.

Complete Freddie Gray coverage

 

Don’t have cable? Forget about watching tonight’s presidential debate

The first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign back in August aired on Fox News Channel and was slated to stream at FoxNews.com, but online viewing was only open for cable television subscribers.

Critics said the decision cut off many potential voters, largely millennials, who are less likely than other generations to have a cable subscription.

 

3 arrested in death of Baltimore man

At the end of October, three people were arrested for the death of Damon Jennings, 22, who was found in a Somerset County ditch.

Elijah Carroll, 22, was charged with first-degree murder. Kevin Nixon, 22, and Jazzmine Morton, 21, were each charged with an accessory after the fact of murder. Police believe all three suspects worked with Jennings.

Cases against all three are pending.

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