Organization honors teenage intern killed in Inner Harbor shooting with community cleanup – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A community gathered Wednesday night to honor Neal Mack, who was shot and killed in Inner Harbor last month at age 17.
Voices were heard loud and clear in the heart of McElderry Park, where members of the Tendea family gathered for a community cleanup.
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Mack was a young intern at Tendea Family, a local community service organization working
“Neal was a young intern for a little over a year,” President Elijah Miles said. “He was a funny 17-year-old kid, you know, he was a leader.”
Mack and a 17-year-old girl were shot in the 300 block of East Pratt Street on May 28, police say. Both were hospitalized, but Mack eventually succumbed to his injuries.
“It was really hard to hear that,” said Tasin Muhammad, program manager for Tendea Family.
Miles says Mack’s death sparked a desperate need in him to do better, so on Wednesday his team picked up trash and handed out free food and clothing in McElderry Park to those who need it most.
“It’s very helpful because it’s tough now, it’s really, really tough,” said neighbor Gwendolyn Spruill.
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The organization’s goal is to send the message to stop the violence and clean up the neighborhood, hoping to inspire young men and women in the area.
“These are the types of things that are going to save the community and make it better,” Miles said.
The group says it plans to meet every Sunday in the park at 10 a.m. for a community cleanup.
“We are going to say something and do something that will not normalize all the murders that are happening,” Muhammad said.
Since Mack’s death, police have announced an $8,000 reward for information on two boys they are seeking to identify, but they have not announced any arrests in the case.
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