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'Dante's work saved lives': Baltimore mourns Safe Streets member killed in shooting
A man killed in a shooting Sunday is being remembered for his dedication to fighting gun violence in Baltimore.Described as a man who saved lives as the director of Safe Streets in Baltimore City, Dante Barksdale spent nearly a decade fighting against gun violence until, police said, that same violence claimed his life.City police said officers were called around 11:17 a.m. to the 200 block of Douglas Court, where Barksdale was shot in the head. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died, police said.Barksdale was always there, stepping in before things turned violent. WBAL-TV 11 News was with Barksdale in 2017 as he intervened in a fight."We know guys on every last one of these corners, from Patterson Park, to Lynwood, to Monument, to Baltimore and further," Barksdale said in 2017.And Barksdale spoke with 11 News in 2018 about being a violence interrupter, canvassing the Park Heights neighborhood and talking to residents in an effort to build rapport and stop violence from erupting. As the director of Safe Streets, Barksdale worked with volunteers for years to get the number of shootings down in many areas that see a high rate of crime."Now, with little, small children committing robberies, it's, like, some new stuff that I'm not used to. I've never seen this before until now," Barksdale said in 2017.