Violence at Baltimore murder victim's vigil shakes attendees

Violence at Baltimore murder victim's vigil shakes attendees

Many of us can ignore the violence that plagues our city or at least separate ourselves from it. It happens in other neighborhoods to people we don’t know. This week, it became impossible for me to remove myself after the death of one of the students in our Grads2Careers program. He was shot and killed while walking down North Broadway, just a few blocks from Hopkins Hospital. He was left to die on the concrete in the shadow of new development and fancy buildings. He was as close as you can be, but still miles away from the opportunities those spaces provide.
 
I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Dimetric before his death, and now I will always regret that. I didn’t get one of his famous hugs or hear his amazing laugh remembered by so many. I didn’t get to congratulate him on graduating from high school, on enrolling in a summer academic program at the University of Baltimore or wish him luck in the construction training program that he was slated to start two days after his murder.
 
Through social media I found information on a vigil for Dimetric held on Thursday, organized by his cousin and friends. My colleagues and I arrived and waited for his family.
 
Someone came with candles, and we got to work spelling out Dimetric’s name on the concrete still stained with his blood from a few days before. We lit the candles and held one another — friends and strangers. Together, we prayed for peace and forgiveness, and began to cry.
 
One of Dimetric’s family members announced that we were going to release balloons. As the blue, silver and white balloons floated away, tears rolled down my cheeks. I shook my head thinking that this young man’s life has been reduced to balloons in the sky and that such street corner vigils are all too routine for too many in that crowd and across the city. We have allowed this to happen.
 
Source: The Baltimore Sun

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