Meech Johnson gestures in the street in front of police after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City state's attorney, ruled the death of Freddie Gray a homicide and that criminal charges will be filed. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.

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Last year, there were only 211 murders in the city.

Taylor Lewis
Nov, 17, 2015

For the first time in more than 15 years, the homicide rate in Baltimore has surpassed 300. Last year, that number was 211.

Police commissioner Kevin Davis announced the tragic milestone of the weekend, just hours before yet another man was killed, according to the New York Times.

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"This challenging moment shall pass if we reject blame and embrace the hope, dreams and promise of a great American city," Davis said at a conference. "Baltimore will win again, 2015 will not define us and the nation will once again see our city for the determination that has long defined us."

According to police reports, the number of homicides surged following the April death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent demonstrations. In July, there were 45 homicides—the most in a single month since 1972.