Asked to respond to the latest round of bloodshed in Baltimore – including the slaying of the police spokesman’s 24-year-old brother – Mayor Catherine Pugh began with condolences.
“My heart goes out to T.J. and his family,” Pugh said, referring to Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith. Smith had fought back tears in his own news conference, recalling his brother Dionay “Dion” Smith, who was fatally shot Sunday in his home in West Baltimore.
Then Pugh turned to the tougher task of making sense of this already record-setting year for homicides and explaining what she, as mayor, is going to do about it.
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