Homicide Rise Reportedly Has Boston “On Edge”


A 60-year-old retired mailroom worker and a man in his mid-20s became Boston’s latest homicide victims in a weekend of violence, reports the Boston Globe. There have been 19 killings recorded in Boston this year, two more than at this point last year. One advocate expressed concern about the bloodshed. “It’s frustrating for me,” said Kendra Hoyt of Freedom House, a nonprofit that works to build social and economic opportunities for residents. “It seems that particularly in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, people are struggling — struggling to behave like a neighborhood and a community and a group of people who really care about each other and their sense of humanity.”

Hoyt said she was worried about more violence when schools let out in a few weeks. She said the city — youth workers, residents, police, and politicians alike — needed to turn attention to finding job opportunities for youth. “I’m very concerned about the summer,” Hoyt said. “I’ve started to see restless kids, restless young adults, and I have no doubt that this summer could potentially be a bad summer on the streets; and that worries me.”

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/05/02/weekend_violence_has_city_on_edge/

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