BALTIMORE — In the final six months, there have been 68 homicides in Baltimore City.

According to the Baltimore City Police Department, homicides are down 42% and shootings are down 29%.

Despite the lower in numbers, many individuals are nonetheless advocating to cease gun violence. Donna Bruce is a type of folks.

Her group, Donna Bruce Unlimited, held its second annual vogue present to assist households who’ve skilled gun violence cope.

“It’s laborious to place garments on anymore. We don’t wanna do something as a result of it looks like we’re shifting on with our life with out our youngsters; it’s a guilt,” says Angela Royster, who misplaced her son to gun violence.

Royster says she is glad there may be an occasion like this the place folks could be round others who’ve skilled the identical loss.

“It’s very, very laborious to get out and like rejoice, like I introduced one other mother with me, a few mothers with me, and one her loss was only recently, so it was type a tough to get her to return out on the final minute, however she was like, okay, I’ll come out,” says Royster.

The occasion additionally had a panel the place folks shared their experiences.

Donte ‘G Thiird’ Campbell was one of many panelists; he says he has not too long ago misplaced many members of the family to gun violence.

“We are all right here for a standard purpose, and that’s to save lots of folks from going via the ache of gun violence,” says Donte Campbell.

He says this vogue present has allowed many individuals to attach over a standard purpose and to uplift one another.

“The extra that we’re hands-on with these children within the youth and the adults as properly, they begin to consider and have the ability to attain again, and now everyone is simply unified and spreading love. You know that we will’t save everyone, however for the mass majority, we will begin by displaying love and giving again,” says Campbell.

Unique Palmer, who misplaced her mom eight years in the past, says it’s nonetheless very painful for her to consider.

She says it has been simpler understanding she just isn’t going via the grief alone. She says referring to others could be a highly effective device.

“I don’t know the place I’d be right this moment with out these folks in my nook and having these type of areas simply to return and communicate of our experiences and I loving and caring surroundings,” says Unique Palmer.

The vogue present offers the fashions and the attendees confidence, displaying them that the trauma they went via is not going to preserve them down.

It’s considered one of many workshops the group holds all year long that assist folks heal invisible wounds.

Donna Bruce Unlimited additionally hosts one other vogue present in November known as Grief in Elegance to honor bereaved moms.