Religious leaders hope to help healing in Mattapan
BOSTON -- At the scene of Tuesday's murders in Mattapan, where four people were shot to death and one other was seriously wounded, memorials were set up for the victims.
The five people, including 2-year-old Armani Smith, were shot on Wilson Street.
On the streets on Wednesday, police and city street workers made their presence known, as did several members of the clergy.
“I’m honored to be able to connect with some of the residents, who are feeling in pain. They’re feeling frustrated, hurt, angry, outraged, and we wanna be able to connect with them and let them know they’re not walking alone,” said Pastor William Dickerson of the Greater Love Tabernacle Church.
Rev. Dickerson said he was surprised to learn that he knew some of the victims and their families.
“Most of the families are in shock, but they’re resolving to pull themselves together, but they want justice of course. That’s what is on their heart. We can’t bring anyone back, but if we could move forward, justice is something that’s on their heart,” said Rev. Dickerson.
Rev. Annie Belmer left a symbol of peace at the scene of the violent murders.
“We are just really sick and tired of people taking each other’s lives with no regard. I just pray that the residents, the community, that we come together, and not only talk about it, but do something about it,” said Rev. Belmer.
The lone survivor, Marcus Hurd, is fighting for his life at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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