Fleeting peace as Baltimore pays final respects to Freddie Gray

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April 28, 2015

A mourner pats the hearse holding the casket of Freddie Gray outside New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore April 27 after a funeral service. Riots erupted nearby in response to the death of Gray, 25, who died April 19, one week after being arrested and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. (CNS photo/Olivia Obineme, Catholic Review) See BALTIMORE-FUNERAL April 28, 2015.

A mourner pats the hearse holding the casket of Freddie Gray outside New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore April 27 after a funeral service. Riots erupted nearby in response to the death of Gray, 25, who died April 19, one week after being arrested and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. (CNS photo/Olivia Obineme, Catholic Review)

BALTIMORE (CNS) — For four hours April 27, Freddie Gray Jr. was patiently and prayerfully memorialized.

That peace, however, was extremely fragile.

Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after being arrested on a weapons charge and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in West Baltimore while in police custody. Thirty-six hours after a downtown protest over his death turned violent, a funeral was held for Gray a few miles to the northwest, at New Shiloh Baptist Church.

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