Statement from Archbishop William E. Lori on the tragic events that took place in Baltimore involving a driver and a squeegee worker:
We find ourselves in a deeply painful and difficult moment with the arrest of a 15-year-old boy on murder charges and a 48-year-old father of three gone after a deadly encounter at a busy city intersection. Almost every day, without exception, someone is shot and killed in our city, on some days, it is more than one person, and most of the victims are young people. To find the solution, we must all work together – city leaders, social service providers, business groups, residents, and, of course, the Church. We must look for a way that focuses on the restoration of hope: hope in our communities, hope for our youth, and hope for a clear path forward.
As many feel helpless and hopeless, even distraught or numb, let us unite in prayer for all who have experienced hurt and pain. In acknowledging our differences, may we also acknowledge the dignity of each person, including those with whom we disagree, so as to begin moving toward a lasting solution through this complex, stubborn and systemic challenge.