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Baltimore is more murderous than Chicago. Can anyone save the city from itself?

After 297 homicides this year, mothers of victims are again hoping for 72 hours without a killing: ‘We are in a dark place and we must be a light’

Latonya Bryant can still see Ernest Barnes Jr, her 24-year-old son, smiling and calling out to her in the sunshine that June 2014 afternoon, his words like an echo that keeps getting louder.

“He’s waving to me in the back yard of our house and saying, ‘Ma, I love you,’ and I say, ‘Baby, I love you, too,’” Bryant remembers. By turns, the memory makes her cry, and makes her smile. And for a long time, those memories were proving almost impossible for her to live with. She pulled through, but barely.

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