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A voice for peace during the Baltimore riots died

BALTIMORE – The stepfather of a black man whose death in police led to riots in Baltimore died.

Richard “Rick” Shipley spoke for the family of Freddie Gray, pleads for peace in the city after his stepson suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in April 2015.

“Who is coming to our city-a city that we love, a city that we live in — come in peace. If you are not in peace, if not in,” Shipley said parts of the town burned. “Because this city needs to get back to work. The last thing Freddie would want is for the hard working people of Baltimore to lose their jobs and businesses because of this.”

The following month, Shipley called for “peace in the pursuit of justice” after the Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. And if prosecutors fail to win convictions, he said jurors had done the best they could. After a mistrial, he said: “If I’m not angry, why should you be?”

A funeral service was held in Shipley church on Monday. The Gray family’s attorney, Billy Murphy, tells The Baltimore Sun that Shipley died on Feb. 6 at the age of 60. Murphy said that he did not know the cause, and The Sun could not reach family members, including Gray’s mother, Gloria Darden, for comment.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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