Honk For Alonzo
SW BALTIMORE, Md. -
They're making noise. You might call it disturbing the peace.
There's been no peace for Donna Matthews-Scott, who buried her 24-year-old son in October. Alonzo Gladden was on leave from the Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
Police call him an innocent victim, gunned down just four hours after coming back to Baltimore.
"I don't know what provoked this person to take my son away from me to end his life," said Matthews-Scott.
Police don't either. They don't know if Gladden knew the killer or if it was mistaken identity.
Even Gladden's great-grandmother is survived by him.
"Junior was well-loved, all-around, wonderful person. He was great and he did not deserve what he got," said Mary Oliver, Gladden's great-grandmother.
The Guardian Angels helped to organize the Honk for Alonzo. It lasted 90 minutes Sunday morning.
They stood with family at the corner of Patapsco Ave. and Hollins Ferry Rd., just blocks from where Gladden was shot. They handed out 300 fliers.
"Someone is going to hear this story, see what's going on, and maybe do something about it," said Marcus Dent, Guardian Angels in Baltimore.
A mother's cry will not stop. She hopes the noise creates enough noise for a tip that leads police to a killer.
"Change must come. This must stop. Mothers stop burying their sons. Sisters stop burying your brothers," said Matthews-Scott.
In the hours following the horn honking, the family and the Guardian Angels have not received any tips. But they aren't stopping.
They are planning a candle-light vigil to keep Gladden's death front and center, hoping information from the community allows police to close the case.