BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Over the past year, an alarming number of women and girls have been murdered in Baltimore City.
It's a troubling reality happening in Baltimore and other cities and counties across the country, according to police.
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Fate Harrison was 21 years old when she was killed outside her salon in southeast Baltimore. She was a businesswoman, a loving daughter, and a mother.
“She was my firstborn,” said Racquel Harrison, Destiny's mother. “I feel it all around me. She had such energy, such presence. "
In 2020, 48 women and girls were murdered in Baltimore. This equates to about 18% of the murders in the city, the highest number of female deaths in recent history.
Colonel Sheree Briscoe is the chief detective for the Baltimore Police Department.
Rachel Menitoff from WJZ: Why do you think we are seeing these trends here in Baltimore and across the country?
Colonel Briscoe: There is this unexplained or unknown reason why we have been able to pinpoint this academically and statistically, and we look at this and rely on other relationships to somehow better understand this.
Colonel Briscoe says the reasons for this are not so clear-cut, but there is evidence of information.
For example, there are an increasing number of domestic violence-related calls. The number of female suspects who have committed crimes, particularly shootings, also increased.
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However, these are just a few of the many possible reasons.
"This is a conversation that we really need to look at globally, and across the spectrum of partnerships and relationships, to see how we affect work," said Colonel Briscoe.
One of these partnerships is with organizations like Rebound.
"We treat trauma because we believe that injured people hurt people," said Ericka Alston, Executive Director of Rebound.
Alston works with young men, and now many young women, to try to stop the cycle of violence.
"Not only do we have the loss of this mother, the loss of this young woman, and the impact she is having on her family, but now her children are traumatized," Alston said.
Fate Harrison is one of those women. She leaves behind a grieving family, including her 2-year-old daughter Dream.
"It is time to protect our women and our children because they are our future," said Racquel Harrison.
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