Violence Unabated in Boston’s Cape Verdean Area

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Violence continues in the Cape Verdean community in Boston, where the Boston Globe reports that “an immigrant group’s success story remains haunted by a blood feud that refuses to die.”

In eight years since a prominent stabbing death, the city has tried any number of strategies — crackdowns, street vigils, home visits, and at times, raw outrage at the most shocking killings: a 3-year-old boy shot dead at his family’s door; a beloved store owner killed for money. The crisis has drawn the personal interest of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who opened a mini-city hall.

Long after police choked the city’s worst street gangs, the Globe says, the violence among a small group of neighbors and estranged friends shows no signs of fading, defying police sweeps, a massive influx of city services and grant money, and the willpower of advocates and youth workers.


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