BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Baltimore City violence reaches a grim milestone tonight and surpasses the 300th homicide of the year.
WJZ’s Amy Yensi has the latest.
A deadly stabbing in South West Baltimore, marks the 300th homicide in the city this year. A 27 year old man, stabbed multiple times Saturday night.
Hours later the homicide number hits 301 after a 22-year-old is fatally shot in the chest.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis saying in a statement, “as our city experiences a sad homicide milestone tonight, it’s important to pause and vow to continue our collective fight to find a better path forward. Baltimore will win again, 2015 will not define us, and the nation will once again see our city for the determination that has long defined us.”
The 300th victim killed just hours after the 300 Men March against violence in Baltimore.
“We have to challenge ourselves to be better. A better Baltimore every day because if we truly want our city to be more, then we are all going to have to do more.”
The group is marching across the city–walking through neighborhoods, they say are the most affected by gun violence.
A call to action during a historic rise in homicides and shootings. The last time Baltimore saw 300 killings was in 1999, with 305 murders that year.
Dee Smith brought her three young daughters to today’s rally.
“We’ve got to stop killing each other and I want them to see how we get involved in the community instead of just staying behind the TV and watching or behind the computer and watching,” said Smith.
The 10-mile march includes Kendal Fenwick’s Park Heights neighborhood. The 24-year-old father of three, was murdered Monday.
“It shouldn’t take someone’s death, to be honored, supported or recognized for the good work in these communities. Especially standing up against folks that are terrorizing the community.”
The 300 men organization is getting ready to open a base in East Baltimore, so they can have a permanent presence against violence.
No arrests have been made for the death of Kendall Fenwick.