Saving Chance

November 14, 2016
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When the bullet pierced her back and cracked her spine, Vanessa Sims began to blame herself. Why was she, at eight months pregnant, on North Avenue at midnight?

“That was so inappropriate,” she still says of being out that night.

It was Father’s Day and the moon rose full above East Baltimore. Stay in bed, her boyfriend had told her. He would pick up the fried rice she craved.

Instead, she left their rooming-house apartment, walked down Greenmount Avenue and turned on North Avenue for the carryout. She said she wanted to show off the cute sneakers her boyfriend had given her — purple Jordans.

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Baltimore Sun

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