By AFRO Staff
A community vigil and march to honor the memory of Carmen Rodriguez, a Latina business owner who lost her life two days before Christmas, as well as other recent victims of violence, took place Jan. 22.
The vigil and “solidarity walk” began at Library Square, 158 N. Linwood Ave. in East Baltimore, near the family owned corner store where Rodriguez was gunned down on Dec. 23. The solidarity walk continued from Linwood and proceeded to City Hall at the intersection of Fayette and Holliday Streets.
(L to R)The corner store on Linwood Ave., in East Baltimore owned by the Rodriquez family where Carmen Rodriguez, 36 was gunned down on Dec. 23. One day earlier on Dec. 22, Destiny Harrison, 21, was murdered in the hair salon she owned just blocks away from the Rodriguez murder. And less than a week before the Harrison homicide, Sean Davis, a community leader and business owner, was murdered in front of his car business on E. 25th Street, on Dec. 17.
The gathering of various community organizations was organized by CASA, one of the largest Latino and immigrant organizations in the mid-Atlantic region, to lift up the Rodriguez story as well as others.
One day before Rodriguez, 36, was gunned down, Destiny Harrison, a 21-year old mother of a baby girl, was murdered on Dec. 22, in the hair salon she owned just blocks away from the Rodriguez homicide location. Less than a week before the Harrison homicide, Sean Davis, a community leader was murdered in front of his car business in the 1100 block of 25th Street on Dec. 17.
Tragically, Baltimore set a record for homicides per capita in 2019, with 348 homicides total. So far in 2020 the city has witnessed 21 homicides in 22 days as of Jan. 22.