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2013-10-17 / Front Page

A Stark Reminder Of A Life Lost To Gun Violence

By Sam Akhtar

Photos by Dave Lewin

An all too familiar scene saw yet another candlelight vigil for the latest victim of gun violence at the Glenwood Houses.

On Saturday, October 12th, family, friends and residents gathered in remembrance of Lamar Antonio Blackwood in front of 5701 Glenwood Road.

Even though Blackwood's life was cut short, the vigil seemed more empowering rather than sobering. There was a “call to duty” and a sense for people to be responsible for children. “If you see something, say something,” repeated a few of the gatherers.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams attended the vigil and said he recognized some of the vigil attendees.

“This is the third or fourth time I've seen some of you,” he said in disbelief. The co-chair of the Task Force to combat gun violence maintained his stance to stop the senseless gun violence snuffing out lives. Blackwood, who just turned 26 on September 24th and has twin boys, was shot on October 4th just after 5 p.m. at 5706 Farragut Road. When EMS arrived at the scene, they found a conscious Blackwood in the lobby with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital and succumbed to his injuries.

Glenwood Houses residents unite against violence. Photo by Dave Lewin

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS. You can also text your tips to “CRIMES” (274637). All calls will be kept confidential.

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