[Editors Note: The editor of this article blindly assumed Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was still Mayor of Baltimore. Catherine Pugh is the current mayor of Baltimore]
A startling statistic, more than 300 murders have occurred in the city of Baltimore for the year 2017 and there are no signs the murder rate is slowing anytime soon. Three homicides on Thursday evening pushed the cities total over 300 in the most violent city in the US. 2017 is the third year in a row that more than 300 murders occurred in the city of Baltimore.
The frequency of the murders in Baltimore go something like this, around 7:20 p.m. police respond to Moores Run Drive where they find a 31-year-old gunned down in the street. He died at the hospital. 20 minutes later, another 31-year-old found with gunshot wounds near S. Collins Ave. was taken to the hospital and died shortly after.
Around an hour later, officers found a woman inside a vacant house with a gunshot wound to her upper body, she too died at the hospital. The violent start to November follows a bloody October where an average of one person per day was killed.
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These scenes are an everyday occurrence in the city and one has to wonder how the mayor of the city can sleep at night knowing that so many murders are occurring under her watch. City Councilman Brandon Scott said this evening that passing 300 murders so early in the year should be a wake-up call.
"I hope that everyone that loves Baltimore realizes that everyone has to do soul-searching for us to be better and not have this conversation again next year, so less families are suffering this trauma," Scott said. "No one and no neighborhood is exempt."
Councilman Scott went on to say, "I love our city and I know that we can do better, because we have done better before. Everyone is trying to do so much, but it just seems like we have do to more."
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