"Dante's Work Saved Lives": Baltimore mourns a Safe Streets member killed in shootings
Sunday 17th January 2021
A man who was killed on a shooting Sunday is remembered for his commitment to the community.
Baltimore police said officers were called to the 200 block of Douglas Court at around 11:17 a.m., where a man was shot in the head. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died, police said.
Mayor Brandon Scott issued a statement identifying the victim as Dante Barksdale.
Barksdale spoke to 11 messages in 2018 about being a violence interrupter, conquering the Park Heights neighborhood, and speaking to residents to bond and prevent violence from breaking out.
Scott said in his statement: "My heart is broken by the loss of my friend Dante Barksdale, a beloved leader in our community who has dedicated his life to saving lives in Baltimore. He was the heart and soul of Safe Streets, for." He worked for Nine Years, and his death is a great loss to Safe Streets, the communities they serve and the entire city of Baltimore. At this tragic time, I send my deepest condolences and prayers to Dante's family.
"While I am devastated by the loss of my brother in the fight to save lives in Baltimore, I will not allow those who have chosen to take his life by force to dim the light of his work. The work, that Dante did and the work that did so. Many in Safe Streets and other street-based organizations are actively disrupting the violence, and this is critical to my priority of reducing violence and making Baltimore's neighborhoods safer.
"Safe roads and other community-based violence are effective. They save lives. Dante's work saved lives. This is a sobering reminder of how dangerous this frontline work is. We must be steadfast to continue this work and invest in and do it more effective for a safer Baltimore. "
Shantay Jackson, director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, made the following statement: "In addition to being a distinguished team member on Safe Streets, Dante was a beloved friend of so many in Baltimore. He turned his life around and worked tirelessly for." Almost a decade to prevent gun violence in our communities by working with those who were most at risk of being shooters or victims of gunfire. Our office, along with the rest of Baltimore City, mourns this pointless loss of life and sits down to honor his life and his light by continuing to work to end gun violence in our city once and for all. "
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison issued the following statement: "The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department offer our deepest condolences to the family of Dante Barksdale for his work in public relations, conflict mediation and gun violence reduction Our city was invaluable and it embodied a message of salvation and peace to the many young people in our city. "
Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.
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