‘He was in it for the people’: Baltimore mourns Elijah Cummings

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Residents noted how the late congressman, who returned home to his community every night, had risen to national significance and touched their lives

Baltimore is mourning Elijah Cummings, a US congressman who returned home to his community every night and was among its most prominent champions.

“No!” exclaimed Shauntee Daniels, the executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, throwing her head back in dismay at learning the news. “I’m so sorry to hear that. He was absolutely loved by the people he represented. He understood the benefit of preserving Baltimore’s history for current generations and future generations.”

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