Visitation is set to begin Wednesday for Jordan Taylor, the sports and teen director at the Y of Catonsville, who died last week from gunshot wounds suffered in a home invasion in his Southwest Baltimore home.
On Tuesday, the president and CEO of the Y of Central Maryland, John Hoey criticized the mayor and other city leaders for not addressing the spike in crime with enough urgency.
"I'm not committing the murders and that's what people need to understand," Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young told WBAL-TV 11. "The police commissioner is not committing it, the council is not committing it. How can you fault leadership? It's been five years of 300 plus murders. I don't see it as a lack of leadership."
Young said Hoey has not contacted him, but he said he plans to reach out to Hoey.
Hoey declined to comment on the mayor's remarks when reached by WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5.
Thiru Vignarajah, one of several candidates challenging Young in the 2020 Democratic primary, called Young's statement "insulting and tone-deaf."
"Is he really confused why people look to the mayor for leadership on crime?" Vignarajah said in a statement. "If he thinks it's not just his job to end the bloodshed, he should hand over the reins to someone who realizes it is.”