BALTIMORE - He was known as the peacemaker, and he died trying to bring back the peace. Just 25 years old, Durrell Gaskins died in his dad's arms.
"I actually held my son in my hand and the last thing he told me is daddy I love you. I'm not going to make it," said Durant Gaskins, Durrell’s dad.
Gaskins is gone for no good reason. His dad said he was out on Belle Ave. Wednesday afternoon when he went toward a fight with high school kids, instead of turning his back.
City police say Gaskins was stabbed to death.
"He was always one that was trying to stop trouble and it cost him his life," said Durant Gaskins.
A few blocks away, organizers behind the opening of Liberty Rec and Tech Center think they have a win for the community. The center was taken over by city schools and then remodeled with donations that will keep kids and adults entertained and safe.
"I live in the violent neighborhood and there's been some shooting and drug dealing going on. And we have to come home at dark because it's not very safe at dark," said Imani-Jade Johnson.
It hits home when a seventh-grader is concerned about shootings. Kim Trueheart has Imani-Jade Johnson's back, bringing in a sewing room, a computer lab, and a pantry if times get tight for her family.
"They're going to be enriched. We're going to teach them values. We have people here who really care about them and that's an important thing that they don't get out on the streets," said Trueheart.
If the kids who were fighting stayed off the streets, Durant Gaskins may have his son alive in his arms.
"I'll leave it in God's hands because I know he don't make no mistakes," said Gaskins.
Police say there was a second victim, but he was treated and released from the hospital. Homicide detectives need your help finding who killed Durrell Gaskins.
The number to call is 410-396-2100.
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