Boston Mayor Vows Action As Nine Are Killed In 19 Winter Days


Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who came into office 22 days ago pledging to take on the city's gun violence, is facing his first major crisis as mayor with nine killings in a span of just 19 days — a spike of 350 percent over this time last year, reports the Boston Herald. “We cannot become complacent to the death of any young person in our City; we need to stop these events from happening in the first place,” Walsh said. He promised to “work with all levels of government, law enforcement, and the community to reduce the trauma in our neighborhoods, get guns off the street, and address the underlying causes of violence.”

Walsh noted that the last four fatal shootings appear connected and are likely “a combination of gang violence and retaliation” among victims and suspects known to each other. The eight men and one woman were mainly in their teens and 20s, the latest two killed yesterday morning. There were just two killings in the same period last year. “You would not expect to see a surge in homicides in the middle of arctic-like weather, but these things have a rhythm and pattern of their own. And you can oversell how much the police can do to combat them,” said Prof. Eugene O'Donnell of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He added, “When things are heading in the wrong direction, any mayor will eventually face the question: 'Are you up for the job when it comes to public safety?'”

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