Despite Killings, Baltimore Ceasefire Leaders Say Spirit of Event Will Continue

Erricka Bridgeford received a standing ovation from the congregation at Kingdom Life Church Sunday.

Bridgeford, a special guest at the church in West Baltimore, and others had called for a 72-hour halt to the violence that has claimed the lives of more than 200 people in Baltimore so far this year — the fastest pace of violence in modern Baltimore history through July. Groups took the message to the streets, hosting dozens of events, staying out all night and offering food and services. The ceasefire was to end at midnight.

Despite their efforts, four people were shot, two of them fatally, in Baltimore Saturday and Sunday. Bridgeford reflected on what the ceasefire had achieved.