Freddie Gray’s Mother Attempts Suicide
Police report that Gloria Darden, Freddie Gray’s mother, attempted suicide on Wednesday evening.
Freddie Gray, Darden’s 25-year-old son, was killed in Baltimore, Maryland, last April at the hands of police officers. The news of heinous and tragic death captured the nation’s attention as it was one of a string of deaths of unarmed, innocent Black men at the hands of law enforcement.
After an investigation, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the police officers had no good reason to arrest Gray and the neck injuries, that would later be cited as the cause of his death, were a direct result of the way the officers restrained him.
According to KHOU, police responded to a call “for a person needing medical attention” around 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday. Gray’s mother reportedly suffered superficial wounds and was taken to the hospital that same evening. No surgery or stitches were needed.
She is said to have undergone a mental health evaluation on Thursday.
Diana Bruce, a neighbor, told CBS Baltimore: “I seen the police and ambulance right there. They were taking the lady out and putting her on the stretcher bed.”
The family lawyer, Billy Murphy, told CBS, “She is still mourning the loss of her son. The family asks that you continue to pray for her and for them.”
A month after losing her son, Darden sat down with Lester Holt, where she broke down in tears saying that she would never be the same since her son’s death. She was barely able to speak throughout the duration of the interview.
In September, the city of Baltimore agreed to pay the Gray family $6.4 million to settle a civil suit.
Gray’s twin sister Fredricka said, “For me to lose my twin I can’t sleep some nights. I cry. I really miss him…the pain I feel, it’s unbearable.”