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Peacemaker works to stop bloodshed in Baltimore

In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford kneels as she performs a ceremony in front of blood stains that were left behind at a homicide scene i...
In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford burns sage as she performs a ceremony near the scene of a homicide in Baltimore. Bridgeford lost a bro...
In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford carries burning sage as she performs a ceremony in a back alley near the scene of a homicide in Baltim...
In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, relatives of a homicide victim gather for a vigil near the scene of the murder in Baltimore. Friends and family of the vi...
In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford, right, watches as members of the Baltimore Fire Department prepare to wash away blood stains that wer...
In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford hugs a homicide victim's relative during a vigil near the site of the murder in Baltimore. Bridgeford ...
In this Dec. 21, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford kneels as she performs a ceremony in front of crime scene tape that was left behind at the scene of a ...
In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, a member of the Baltimore Fire Department washes away blood stains that were left behind at a homicide scene in Baltimore...
In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford spreads sage as she performs a ceremony near the scene of a homicide in Baltimore. Bridgeford leads ne...
In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford pauses and places her hand on the front door of a house where a homicide took place in Baltimore. Brid...

In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford kneels as she performs a ceremony in front of blood stains that were left behind at a homicide scene i...

In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford burns sage as she performs a ceremony near the scene of a homicide in Baltimore. Bridgeford lost a bro...

In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford carries burning sage as she performs a ceremony in a back alley near the scene of a homicide in Baltim...

In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, relatives of a homicide victim gather for a vigil near the scene of the murder in Baltimore. Friends and family of the vi...

In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford, right, watches as members of the Baltimore Fire Department prepare to wash away blood stains that wer...

In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford hugs a homicide victim's relative during a vigil near the site of the murder in Baltimore. Bridgeford ...

In this Dec. 21, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford kneels as she performs a ceremony in front of crime scene tape that was left behind at the scene of a ...

In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, a member of the Baltimore Fire Department washes away blood stains that were left behind at a homicide scene in Baltimore...

In this Dec. 14, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford spreads sage as she performs a ceremony near the scene of a homicide in Baltimore. Bridgeford leads ne...

In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, Erricka Bridgeford pauses and places her hand on the front door of a house where a homicide took place in Baltimore. Brid...

BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman in Baltimore who has lost numerous family members to violence is doing everything she can to stop the bloodshed.

Erricka Bridgeford is a professional conflict mediator and the main organizer behind "Baltimore Ceasefire."

In August, she led the first of two events during which gang members and drug dealers lay down their arms and neighbors join together for cookouts and camaraderie.

Bridgeford also leads near-daily, street-corner gatherings to transform homicide sites into places of inspiration.

She says one of her main goals is to humanize crime victims.

The Baltimore Sun recently named her "Marylander of the Year" and her efforts have been lauded by Mayor Catherine Pugh and crime experts.


Updated : 2021-01-19 07:59 GMT+08:00