Baltimore, MD - May 11, 2021 - Through the efforts of Baltimore City Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, in an effort to console a mourning community, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison made a meaningful appearance on Fords Lane, where 31 year old Mr. Ephraim Gordon, Z'L, H'yd, was murdered late Sunday night. In what seems to be a pattern of terror on the Jewish community, a religious woman was held up at gunpoint outside her home just a mere three days after Ephraim was killed. The perpetrators of both incidents are still at large.

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Many community members, and Rabanim - including Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, Rabbi Shmuel Gurary, Rabbi Elchonon Lisbon, Rabbi Yisrael Motzen, Rabbi Jonathan Aryeh Seidemann, Rabbi Shmuel Silber and Rabbi Chesky Tenebaum - as well as  Ephraim's family were at the scene seeking answers as to what the city government has planned for the future of the Baltimore Jewish community's safety.

Nathan Willner, general counsel for BSSP stated,”the community can not thank Mayor Scott, Councilman Schliefer and Delegate Attar enough for the heightened attention walks like this bring to this situation. Utilizing the close working relationship Baltimore Shomrim and others in the community have with local law enforcement is critical to obtaining justice for the victim of this tragic murder.”

The Mayor and Commissioner's message was clear and coordinated: violence and terror would not be tolerated; justice will be served. Although the message resonated with the community, no practical details were shared as to what changes will take place to secure our city. But, Gordon’s family is looking for answers and while they say they appreciate the visit from the higher echelon, they’re looking for results and insist  there is so much more left to do.

The Mayor and commissioner then took the group and family of the deceased on a walk of solidarity around the Fords Lane and Park Heights area.