Baltimore Ceasefire Organizer Vows Work Continues After 2 Killings
Flanked by supporters, Erricka Bridgeford organizer of the Baltimore Ceasefire, becomes emotional as the names of the victim is being read. At a downtown vigil to close out the Baltimore Ceasefire, people gather to remember the 211 victims of gun violence that Baltimore has seen already in 2017.Paul Lai / for NBC News
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A 24-year-old man was shot Saturday at 5 p.m. in a section southwest of downtown Baltimore, police said. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Roughly five hours later, a 37-year-old unidentified man was shot dead, police said, in an apparently unrelated crime.
In an interview on MSNBC Sunday, Bridgeford said she believed the ceasefire effort had saved lives.
“Gang leaders were calling us saying, ‘Well, I don’t know where the shooting may come from this weekend, but I can tell you where it’s not going to come from,” she said.
In an emotional video posted on Facebook, Bridgeford added that while she was grateful for those 41 hours, the victims' families "don’t have any more hours with their people." She acknowledged her once “numb” response to Baltimore’s violence and pleaded with others to pay more attention.
"I want everyone to be honest and use this pain," she said. "That’s what this outreach is all about."
On MSNBC, Bridgeford said that plans to expand that outreach were already underway. Activists involved in a more ambitious anti-violence initiative — Ceasefire 365 — are scheduled to meet Monday, she said.
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News, based in California.