KWAME ROSE, TRNN: It was another day of mourning for a city that has known too many.
Hundreds of friends and fans of the Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota gathered at the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore to say goodbye. Dr. Jamal Bryant is the pastor and co-founder of Empowerment Temple.
JAMAL BRYANT: Don’t forget that he was really a newscaster for the hood, giving a blow-by-blow account of what he saw, what he lived, and what he experienced. And just before he died, he was just leaving a peace vigil where he was calling for peace in our community. Not for us to take up arms, but to put our arms down.
ROSE: Not just to lay to rest the talented voice and rising young artist, but a moment to remember the man himself, who touched many lives before he was gunned down in Northeast Baltimore in broad daylight last week.
Among them, mourners like Trina Ashley, a member of Communities United, remembered Scoota as a peace advocate.
TRINA ASHLEY: I’m hoping what the outcome today, with the block party and the [inaud.], that it be a peaceful one. And I think this, most important, should put a ceasefire, put everything on hold that’s going on in this city. And everybody come together and think about the kids and the youth. If you don’t do it for the city, do it for Lor Scoota. That’s what he was doing.
ROSE: From Baltimore, this is Kwame Rose.
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