Riots broke out across Baltimore after Gray's funeral on Monday

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As Baltimore burned last night, Freddie Gray’s family called for an end to the horrific violence.

Gray’s mother, Gloria Darden, emphasized that while she wants justice for her son, who died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month, she does not condone the use of violence. On Monday, riots broke out across Baltimore after Gray’s funeral, prompting the governor of Maryland to declare a state of emergency.

“Don’t do it like this,” Darden pleaded late Monday evening. “Don’t tear up the whole city just for him. That’s wrong.”

Added Gray’s stepfather Richard Shipley: “To see that it turned into all this violence and destruction, I am really appalled.”

It remains unclear what exactly happened to Gray, who died seven days after his April 12 arrest. A friend of Gray’s told The Baltimore Sun that he saw and heard Gray “screaming for his life” when he was arrested.

Police acknowledged that Gray should have received medical attention when he was taken into custody. Indeed, Gray asked for medical help several times before being transported, according to reports.

The officers who arrested Gray have since been suspended with pay and are under criminal investigation by their own department.

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