Gov. Larry Hogan urged the state to join him in a “day of prayer and peace” on Sunday and planned to attend a Catholic mass in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested last month.
“As we begin to rebuild and restore, let us renew our faith in the true spirit of our city and its people,” Hogan said in a statement Saturday night. “I pray that tomorrow will be a day of reflection and will serve as a foundation for how we all conduct ourselves in the days and months to come.”
The governor, who is Catholic, said he will attend a 10:45 a.m. mass with Archbishop William E. Lori at St. Peter Claver Parish.
After more than a week of daily demonstrations, which erupted into violence Monday, Hogan called for continued peace and asked that state residents “join me in a day of prayer and unity for Baltimore City and the state of Maryland.”
Hogan moved his administration from Annapolis to a Baltimore satellite office to deal with the unrest as protesters filled the streets to demand justice for Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody two weeks ago.
On Friday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged all six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. The tenor of the demonstrations shifted from outrage to victory, and Saturday’s march of more than 1,000 protestors took on celebratory tone.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford plans to attend a noon service at a Southern Baptist Church in the Broadway East neighborhood.
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun