BALTIMORE, April 28 (UPI) -- Following the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, riots have broken out in Baltimore amid street protests. Some of those protests have turned violent and destructive. As a result, Ray Lewis and other former and current Baltimore Ravens have spoken out.
Gray died of a severed spinal cord after being taken into police custody. He was 25-years-old.
Lewis posted his message to Facebook.
"No way," Lewis said. "No way. No way this can happen in our city. No."
"Young kids, you've got to understand something: get off the streets. Violence is not the answer. Violence has never been the answer."
"Freddie Gray -- we don't do nothing for him doing this. We know there's a deeper issue. We know what the jungle looks like. But this isn't it. It's enough of us in the streets trying to change what's going on. Baltimore: get off the streets. Kids: go home. Stay home. You don't have no right to do what you're doing to this city."
prayer is needed 4 Baltimore today.rioting and looting our city is only punishing ourselves Getting A Answer why a young man lost his life.— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) April 28, 2015
"Too many hardworking people build this city. We put this city together. We put this city on our back. We're with you. We know what's going on. We know the problems. We know there was wrong done. We know we're not getting the right justice. We know all these answers. But rioting in our streets is wrong. It's dead wrong."
"We've got to go back to the beginning. It takes a village. It takes a whole village to raise one child. We've got to redefine what this looks like. We've got to redefine what building Baltimore looks like, because there's too many people putting real sweat, real tears to make our city a better place."
"I can't come back home and this is it. Kids can't walk the street. This is our future. Out future's in Baltimore. What we're trying to build is in Baltimore. Too many babies paying attention to this craziness."
"And the sad part is, we've got young kids trying to tell us how they're gonna dictate our city. That won't happen. We must change this right now."
It went from a peaceful protest to damn near a war which isn't going to do anything but delay progress— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 27, 2015
"Stop the violence, man. Go home. I'm telling you: go home. Whatever I've got to do. It will not happen on our clock. It will not happen on our clock."