Riots broke out across the city following the funeral for Freddie Gray

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The Wire creator David Simon is urging for peace in Baltimore in the wake of Monday night’s violence.

Riots broke out across the city following the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Rioters set fire to buildings throughout the city – including an affordable housing center for seniors that was just months away from opening – while looters tore apart a local CVS drugstore.

Simon, whose critically acclaimed crime series centers on the streets of Baltimore, condemned the violence in a passionate blog post on Monday evening.

“The anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease,” he wrote.

“There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today. But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a diminution of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.”

He concluded by begging protestors to go home. “If you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore.”

Meanwhile, other celebs took to Twitter to express their reactions to the chaos.

Gray’s family also called for an end to the horrific violence on Monday. “Don’t do it like this,” his mother Gloria Darden said. “Don’t tear up the whole city just for him. That’s wrong.”

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