BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Catherine Pugh joined community members in a “Walk Against Crime” Thursday night in Northwest Baltimore.
The walk began on Garrison Boulevard where a store owner was shot and killed last month.
Moses Jabar was attacked by four suspects outside his store on Garrison Boulevard and shot to death on December 20.
Late Thursday afternoon, friends and neighbors gathered along the street, joined by Baltimore police and the mayor.
“One life lost in the city is one life too many,” Mayor Pugh said.
This is just one of many crime scenes the mayor has visited in a city that had 309 murders in 2018.
“This is not normal, and we don’t want our children accepting it as normal, our neighbors certainly don’t,” Mayor Pugh said.
The remembrance took the form of a quiet walk to the store where Jabar was murdered. He left behind five children.
“We’re grieving the loss of our father, but what’s more important as my sister said, that we really don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Amar Jabar said.
The mayor spoke about the city’s crime problem, saying the best way to stop the violence is keeping illegal guns off the streets.
She also addressed the issue of repeat offenders.
“So what we’re saying,” Pugh said. “To all of you who have illegal guns, guns on the streets of our city. Put the guns down,”